Raptors vs. Warriors Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions: Steph Curry Is Back, Folks
Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images. Pictured: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors warms up on the Oakland ‘The Town’ logo projected on the floor.
- Stephen Curry hasn't played in a NBA game in 125 days, but he'll return to the floor on Thursday night against the Raptors (10:30 p.m. ET).
- Should you consider the Warriors (+8.5) against the defending champs with Curry's return?
- See the full betting breakdown below.
Raptors at Warriors Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions
- Spread: Raptors -8.5
- Over/Under: 225.5
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: TNT
A total of 125 days have passed since Stephen Curry last started a game in the NBA, but that streak ends on Thursday night as the two-time league MVP makes his return to the Warriors’ lineup to face the Toronto Raptors (how fitting).
While this is undoubtedly good news for anyone who has watched the Warriors’ past 58 games, the Dubs are still underdogs to the reigning champions at home. Is Curry’s return enough to propel the Warriors in this game?
Our crew breaks down the betting trends and key matchups and gives their picks below.
Betting Trends to Know
In Curry’s return, the Warriors are 8.5-point underdogs vs. the Raptors. Golden State hasn’t been a home dog of more than three points in a game Steph has played since 2013.
Toronto has been one of the most profitable teams in the NBA this season at 34-27 ATS (+6.3 units). But the Raptors have struggled on the road, especially as sizable favorites. This season, the Raps are 0-5 ATS when favored by six or more points on the road. — John Ewing
Mears: The Underrated Metric Leading to Value
Steph is back!
It remains to be seen whether he’ll be rusty and how much the Warriors will limit him, but let’s talk about his on-court impact for this squad.
He’s likely very impactful offensively, while either not impactful defensively or perhaps a downgrade (I’d personally have it neutral). Even with the Warriors, he’s consistently had strong on/off metrics, showing just how important he is even when playing among stars.