NBA Game of the Week: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors

There are several great games on the NBA schedule this week, but the best one will take place Oakland, California. The Golden State Warriors will host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night in what has all the making of an NBA Finals preview. The Raptors have been playing great basketball all season long, while the Warriors are getting back on track after a small skid.

Toronto enters the week with a 21-6 record, which is easily the best record in the entire NBA. The Raptors will have to take on the dangerous Milwaukee Bucks before heading out west for a difficult road trip. Golden State returns home this week to begin a homestand against the Minnesota Timberwolves before this key matchup with the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors enter the week with an 18-9 record and sit in first place in the Pacific Division.

Warriors Dominance Has Returned

Golden State showed some vulnerability in the month of November, but they look to be back on track in December. The Warriors finished off their road trip by winning three straight games, including an impressive performance in earning a 105-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Golden State is averaging 116.4 points per game this season, which is the third best scoring average in the league.

The "Big Three" of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson have been brilliant this season, and they have been lighting it up. The trio has combined for over 80 points per game this season. Draymond Green is back to playing well, averaging 7.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game. The Warriors offense is clicking on all cylinders again, and will be tough to stop at Oracle Arena.

Kawhi Has Improved Raptors Tremendously

Raptors fans cringed when they traded fan favorite DeMar Derozan in the offseason, but they are quickly falling in love with Kawhi Leonard. The addition of Leonard has made the Raptors a top ten team in both scoring average and scoring defense. Toronto is averaging 116.0 points per game this season, while allowing just 108.0 points per game. The Raptors are for real.

Kawhi has been an absolute stud this season, averaging 26.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game to lead the team. Point guard Kyle Lowry has stepped up his game in the absence of DeRozan, dishing out an NBA best 10.1 assists per game. Veteran center Serge Ibaka might be having his best season of his career, averaging 16.2 points and 1.3 blocks per game.

Golden State Gets Revenge

The Raptors were able to beat the Warriors at home earlier this season, but the challenge is much greater at Oracle Arena. Toronto has clearly been the best team in the NBA this season, but Golden State is still the defending champs. This has the potential to be a very high scoring game, but the Raptors won't be able to outscore the Warriors this time around. Look for the "Splash Brothers" to have a monster game in leading the team. Bet the Golden State Warriors over the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Game of the Week.