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After one of their most dominant games of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers that saw them win by a whopping 34 points, the Toronto Raptors hope to prove that game was no fluke when they welcome the juggernaut Golden State Warriors into town. Although a win over Cleveland was an unexpected and impressive accomplishment, beating Golden State will be that much more daunting a task. The Warriors enter Saturday's game having won seven consecutive meetings over the Raps.
Dwane Casey's club is feeling pretty confident after a dominant performance versus the Cavs, but don't expect that to alter the team's work ethic going forward; if anything, a win like that will only make the team work harder. One of the more impressive characteristics of this Raptors team is how even-keeled they've been able to stay all season. Whether they win or lose, Toronto always comes out with the same level of intensity each game. So long as the Raps stay hungry and get everyone involved on both ends the way they have been, they'll be in good shape.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors, like every great team, tend to hit the cruise control button for most of the regular season. Even so, the Dubs regularly dominate their opponents and it's not hard to find out why. This is a team that has two MVP candidates in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant on its roster, as well as two other stars in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Even when one or two of those guys are out of the lineup, the Warriors still have enough talent to win anyways. As expected, Golden State is the clear favourite to repeat as champions. No one would be shocked if they do just that.
Watchability ranking – 10/10
Whenever Golden State comes to Toronto, the game becomes can't-miss television. Both teams have been exceptional to start the season and should put on an offensive showcase at the Air Canada Centre. There's plenty of star power in this one, too, even if Curry ends up sitting out with a sprained ankle.
Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM ET. Here are the projected starting lineups: