The Warriors (19-9) will look to earn their sixth straight victory Wednesday night when the Raptors (22-7) come to town.
Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup…
When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA,ESPN)
Raptors’ projected starters: Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard
Raptors stock report: Toronto has struggled since the last time these two teams matched up, going 3-3 over its last six games.
Over the stretch, all-star guard Kyle Lowry — who made just 4-of-14 shots in the last matchup — is averaging just 3.8 points, 8.3 assists on 14.3 percent from the field.
Still, the Raptors and Lowry have shown hope, handing the Clippers their worst loss of the season, beating them 123-99 in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Lowry scored 21 points, adding seven assists and five rebounds.
The Raptors have also been dominant this season on the second night back-to-backs, going 5-0 in such games.
Last time (Nov. 29): Warriors 128, Toronto 131 OT
With Stephen Curry and Draymond Green out of the lineup, Kevin Durant scored a season-high 51 points, including two 3-pointers in the final minute to force overtime. Klay Thompson added 23 points.
Things to look for:
Steph is back
While last month’s performance without the sharpshooter was admirable, Golden State could use a boost from Curry.
This season, he’s averaging 30.1 points on 51.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. When Curry is on the floor, the Warriors are posting a 121.9 — seven points higher than the league’s highest rating (114.4).
Curry played well against the Raptors last season, averaging 27 points, five rebounds and seven assists in two games.
Will the bench have a repeat performance?
Two weeks ago, the Warriors’ bench had its best performance of the season, totaling 38 points. Jonas Jerebko had 20 points, nine rebounds and three assists in 33 …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports