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Preview: Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors – April 2, 2021

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The Toronto Raptors will play host to the Golden State Warriors tonight, trying to erase a four-game losing streak.

The Raptors have won just one game — against the Denver Nuggets — since the beginning of March, and are currently sitting outside of the playoff hunt at 18-30.

However, the Warriors aren’t in a place to boast about their record, either. Golden State is 23-25 and has only won four of their past 10 games. Most recently, they lost to the Miami Heat, 116-109, last night.

Steph Curry and Draymond Green will be the two biggest threats to the Raptors chances of winning tonight. Curry leads the Warriors with 29.2 points per game — ranking third in NBA scoring — while Green is the team leader in rebounds (6.5), assists (8.4) and steals (1.5) on an average night.

Toronto native and Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins is right behind Curry in points per game with 18.3. The Canadian NBA player has been effective from the field, scoring on 47.3% of his shots.

Golden State’s Eric Paschall (wrist) is listed as day-to-day and is questionable for tonight’s matchup. He was ruled out prior to the Warriors’ loss last night. Klay Thompson remains out for the season due to a torn achilles he suffered during an off-season workout in November.

Kyle Lowry (foot), Paul Watson (COVID-19 protocols), Patrick McCaw (knee), Rodney Hood (hip) and Jalen Harris (hip) are all ruled out for Toronto tonight. Hood is listed as day-to-day and could return sooner than the other injured Raptors.

The key to Toronto’s victory tonight is to improve their defence.

In their last two contests, the Raptors allowed opponents to score on more than 40% from the field and from three-point range. Golden State’s field goal percentage decreases from 49.6% to 43.1% and their three-point shooting decreases from 40.7% to 33.3% in an average loss.

The game is set for 7:00 p.m. EST in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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