Authored by National Basketball Association Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2015 Basketball game on Friday January 2, 2015 at 10:30 PM EST.
The (24-8) Toronto Raptors of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division will make the trip from “RIP CITY” where they lost to Portland on December 30th to the Bay Area to take on the (25-5) Golden State Warriors of the Western Conference Pacific Division 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. This Sports Handicapper believes the Toronto Raptors could be the team to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA Playoffs; they have all of the pieces. Golden State also has the pieces, but they are in a very competitive Conference. The betting line has Toronto as a Five-point road Underdog Against The Spread, the betting odds total is 212′ for Friday’s game.
The 2014-15 Toronto Raptors have a 8′ game lead in the Atlantic Division and are 2-2 on this road trip. Toronto is without their best player; DeMar DeRozen is nursing a Groin injury. The Raptors are averaging a little over 108 Point per game and giving up a little over 100 this season. The matchup is one of the most intriguing games on the slate Friday. Toronto needs to sign head coach Dwane Casey to a nice contract extension; they stayed the course with him through bad times. The betting odds over is 6-0 Toronto last six playing on two day’s rest. Toronto is 0-9 ATS their last nine in Oakland. Toronto is 3-3 NBA Against The Spread Picks their last six on the road going over the betting odds total three times and staying under three. Toronto finishes up the road trip in Phoenix on January 4th. The key to a Toronto win is to feed the post, getting the ball to Amir Johnson and James Johnson.
The 2014-15 Golden State Warriors and new head coach Steve Kerr has fans in Northern California believing in this team. Golden State has the best record in the NBA and is on top in the Pacific Division, 4′ in front of the second-place Los Angeles Clippers. Golden State has one of the best guard combinations in the league with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson; both can shoot the basketball with range. The Warriors are on a two game win streak after losing two on the road. Golden State is 6-0 ATS their last six at Oracle against a team with a winning record. The Warriors are 17-5 Against The Number their last twenty-two against Toronto. Golden State is 4-1 Against The Spread their last five at home, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under twice. The key to the Golden State wins Friday to play tough defense nad make perimeter shots. The Warriors are at their best when they have a balance on both ends of the court.
Free Pick: Golden State-5.