Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors Betting Tips
The biggest match of the NBA season so far takes place in Toronto Friday 12 p.m. AEST when the Raptors host the Golden State Warriors in a potential preview of the NBA finals. Toronto have the league’s best record through the first quarter of the regular season, while the defending champion Warriors are starting to recover from the rough patch they went through in November.
Warriors in Unfamiliar Position of Betting Underdog
The Warriors find themselves in a position they’ve only been in a handful of times over the past four-and-a-quarter seasons – that of the rank underdog. Golden State are 3.86 in head-to-head betting at Pointsbet, which is frankly pretty amazing value considering who we’re talking about here. Clearly the betting market expects them to recover at some stage, given bet365 has them an almost unbackable 1.61 favourite for the NBA championship, with Toronto a distant second at 9.00.
True, the Warriors are yet to return to the form this season that has seen them win three of the past four NBA championships, and stars Steph Curry and Draymond Green are set to miss again against the Raptors. But with all the bad news circulating in the media around this team, they’re still 15-7 and second in a hyper-competitive Western Conference – and Kevin Durant is coming off two consecutive 40-plus point games, including 49 points in a win over the Magic. Golden State’s record against Eastern teams is 7-1, although their overall road record is an uncharacteristically poor 4-5.
Why are the Raptors such an imposing 1.28 favourite with Pointsbet? For a start, they’re sitting 18-4, 2.5 games clear of the next best team (Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks) in the league. The Raps are 9-2 at home, 7-1 against teams in the Western Conference, and they just look like the best team around at this stage. But they’ve also had an easy early-season draw and this match against the Warriors will show us whether they’re a true championship contender.
Lakers, Clippers Also in Action Friday
Things are looking good in Tinseltown, where the Clippers are top of the West with a 14-6 record and the Lakers are 11-9 and 7th despite a 2-game losing streak. In Unibet’s NBA betting odds, The Clippers go in a 1.68 head-to-head favourite at the Sacramento Kings, who have an even 10-10 win-loss record and are quoted at 2.25. And Lebron James’ Lakers will start a 1.53 favourite at home against the East’s fourth-ranked team, the Indiana Pacers.
Unibet has more than 100 betting markets for the Lakers-Pacers game. In keeping with this season’s high scoring, we like the odds on these teams scoring over 217.5 given they’re averaging a combined 219.3. Unibet is offering 3.10 on a Lakers team and a combined points total over 217.5. They’re also showing all three of Friday’s NBA games live to punters with an active betting account.