NBA

NBA Preview: Warriors to bounce back against the Raptors

2016-12-28
A look at Wednesday’s matches in the NBA.

The Golden State Warriors will have a point to prove after their chastening Christmas Day defeat to arch-rivals the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Dubs were 14 points up on the Cavs before succumbing to a late surge, evoking memories of their finals collapse in the summer when a 3-1 lead turned into a stunning 4-3 loss.

Much has been said about the Warriors’ since – including the possible effect Kevin Durant's arrival may have had on two-time MVP Steph Curry – but had it not been for an Andre Iguodala turnover on a fast break, they could easily have beaten the Cavs.

They can be expected to provide a response against the Toronto Raptors when they return to the Bay on Wednesdaynight and taking them as the first team to 10 points looks a savvy move at 4/7.

With Durant in explosive form at the moment – he is averaging over 26 points a game - and Curry looking to prove himself once again, do not be surprised to see the Warriors take off early as they look to recover their bruised pride.

Also, the Warriors to score over 117.5 at 8/9 is a tempting bet. They scored 108 in Cleveland and that was with Curry on a poor shooting night. Don't expect that to continue for much longer.

Other games see Washington Wizards (5/9) against Indiana Pacers (29/20), Detroit Pistons (8/13) facing Milwaukee Bucks (27/20), Chicago Bulls (9/50) meeting Brooklyn Nets (21/5), San Antonio Spurs (1/34) hosting Phoenix Suns (16/1) and Denver Nuggets (4/7) facing Minnesota Timberwolves (10/7).