Warriors vs. Raptors picks and odds: Expect Toronto to cover with Steph Curry out

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The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors are each looking to bust out of a slump this Sunday.

The pregame narrative: The Raptors have lost four straight but should be able to handle a banged-up Warriors team that struggles away from home. Golden State’s terrible road record will be exacerbated by Stephen Curry’s recent injury — the two-time MVP will miss around a month due to a shoulder subluxation.

Check out our Warriors vs. Raptors picks for December 18.

Odds as of 9:18 a.m. on 12/18/2022.

Warriors vs. Raptors picks

Best Bet : Raptors -6 (-109)

This week’s road trip hasn’t been kind to the reigning champions. The Warriors have lost three-straight games away from home by an average of 11.6 points, bringing their season-long road record to 2-14.

The Raptors aren’t doing too hot, either. Toronto has lost four-straight games, two of which came to the bottom-feeding Orlando Magic. But with Curry out, this presents the perfect opportunity for Nick Nurse’s squad to right the ship.

Curry has carried this Warriors team this season even through their tough stretches. The 34-year-old was averaging 30 points per game on better than 50-40-90 shooting to accompany 7.6 assists and 6.7 boards per game.

Replacing that production will be a lot to ask, especially considering Andrew Wiggins is out of the lineup with an injury of his own.

The Warriors have failed to cover the spread in 81.2% of road games this season (3-13) which is the worst mark in basketball. Expect the Raps to come out surging with the hopes of snapping their losing streak.

Key stat: Golden State has failed to cover the spread in four of its last five road games.

Quick picks

Warriors under 109.5 points (-110): The Warriors will be without its top two scorers today so naturally, we’re inclined to fade its team total. Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole will be expected to fill that void and the former may be entering a cold stretch.

Thompson is averaging 13 points in his past two outings and shot a combined 10-for-33 in those contests.

Toronto will be without its defensive lynchpin — OG Anunoby — but we expect Golden States’ losses to offset his absence.

Over 224 points (-110): We’re going to try and thread the needle here by backing the over in conjunction with Golden States’ under.

Four of Toronto’s last five home games have gone over the total including each of its past two contests against the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings.

The Raptors have averaged 119.5 points per game this homestand, largely thanks to Fred VanVleet, who’s put up 39 points in each contest. Expect them to rout the Warriors today.

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Avery Perri writes about sports betting for NorthStar Bets. NorthStar Bets is owned by NordStar Capital, which also owns Torstar, the Star’s parent company. Follow him on Twitter: @AveryPerri

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