Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors - 1/13/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors - 1/13/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Warriors are going for a season series sweep after beating Toronto 117-112 in Oakland in October.

Per freelance National Basketball Association writer Alex Wong, Raptors center Jakob Poeltl said "no comment" when asked about a block he had against Stephen Curry that was called a foul. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25 points and 4.2 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.2 points and seven assists. The Warriors were led by Curry's 30 points, while Kevin Durant added 29 points and Klay Thompson scored 22 points.

But then referee Courtney Kirkland - ironically, working his first Warriors game since butting heads with guard Shaun Livingston in a game at Miami on December 3 - called a foul on Poeltl, who had not only blocked Curry's shot but hit him with plenty of body after doing so. Serge Ibaka returns to the lineup after missing the previous game to serve a one-game suspension. Curry's been battling an ankle injury the last couple games after re-spraining it during Wednesday's shootaround. However, they are just 3.5 games out of third as the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to struggle.

Halfway there: Saturday's contest will mark the official halfway-mark for the Raptors in the regular season. After spotting Golden State a 27-point half-time lead, DeRozan and Co. outscored Golden State 71-46 in the second but fell agonizingly short of a monumental comeback win. The Raptors were whistled for 23 fouls, compared to 20 for the Warriors, but Toronto actually attempted more free throws (32-28).

Another divisional round, another Saturday home game for the Patriots
Brady has had an MVP season so far in 2017, but over the last few games, he's forced some throws that led to interceptions. The Patriots had the NFL's 20th-ranked rush defense during the regular season , allowing a 100-yard rusher four times .

VanVleet hive: No one was happier with Thursday's victory than fans of Fred VanVleet.

With his team down one, DeRozan missed an 18-footer with 37 seconds to go, and Durant then converted Curry's ninth assist into his critical hoop that gave Golden State some breathing room.

Kelly Oubre added 17 points off the bench off 5-of-6 shooting as Washington moved to 2-2 on a five-game homestand. They've now won four consecutive games after coming back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Mavericks 107-101 in overtime on Saturday afternoon.

The Air Canada Centre gathering got to cheer when Durant missed a dunk with 2:53 left to play. Kerr said Curry will also be listed as questionable for the game Saturday night in Toronto.

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