With the Warriors posting 20 consecutive wins to start the season, it has become common among NBA fans to wonder which team will end the streak.
The Toronto Raptors, expected to contend in the Eastern Conference, are a popular choice. They get their chance Saturday afternoon when the defending champs visit Air Canada Centre.
The Raptors (12-8) are still establishing their identity. They’ve beaten the Thunder and the Cavaliers smacked the Clippers in Los Angeles. They’ve also lost to the Knicks and the Kings and the Suns.
To be fair, Toronto has played 13 of its first 20 games on the road. This is the second of a six-game homestand, and the Raptors are aiming to defend their turf.
Warriors by 7.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Steph Curry vs. Kyle Lowry: Curry averages 28.7 points against Toronto, highest against any team, and last month torched Lowry for 37. Though Lowry has been inconsistent thus far, look for him to make a concerted effort to exact revenge -- especially when his offensive foul allowed the Warriors win last month. He’s a star player, so his pride will surface. Will his game follow? And will that be enough?
Warriors 10-0. Raptors 5-5.
Warriors: C Andrew Bogut (back spasms), F Harrison Barnes (L ankle sprain) and F Kevon Looney (hip surgery) are out.
Raptors: C Jonas Valanciunas (L hand fracture) is out.
The Warriors have won the last three games, sweeping the two-game series last season and winning the first meeting this season, 115-110, on Nov. 17 at Oracle Arena. The Warriors have won 11 of the last 13 meetings.
“They’ve got a couple superstars on their team. What our main focus has to be going into this game is keeping them off the free-throw line. I think they’re No. 1 or 2 (actually fourth) in the NBA in free throws. And we’ve got to quit turning the ball over. And that’s not just against Toronto, but that’s against everybody.” – Interim Warriors coach Luke Walton.