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Off to a surprising 2-2 start, the Golden State Warriors get another tough matchup on Wednesday night when they host the Toronto Raptors.
Tip is scheduled for about 10:40 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on Sportsnet One (Raptors market) and NBC Sports Bay Area (Warriors market). Depending on your location, your options for watching a live stream of the game will be different.
If You’re in the Raptors Market:
Sportsnet Now: Even if you don’t have a cable subscription, you can watch a live stream of Sportsnet channels via Sportsnet Now, the company’s standalone streaming service that costs CAD$24.99 per month. You can watch on your computer, or on your phone or streaming device via the Sportsnet Now app
If You’re in the Warriors Market:
FuboTV: NBC Sports Bay Area is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package. It costs $19.99 per month for the first two months, but a free 7-day trial is offered, allowing you to watch tonight’s game at no cost.
DirecTV Now: NBC Sports Bay Area is included in the “Just Right”, “Go Big” and “Gotta Have It” channel packages. Those range from $50 to $70 per month, but a free 7-day trial is offered, allowing you to watch tonight’s game at no cost.
Sling TV: NBC Sports Bay Area is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. It costs $25 per month, but a free 7-day trial is offered, allowing you to watch tonight’s game at no cost.
If You’re Outside the Raptors & Warriors Markets:
NBA League Pass: Allows you to watch all non-nationally televised, out-of-market games. If you want to watch all teams, it costs $28.99 per month or $199.99 for the year. Or, if you just want to watch one team, it costs $17.99 per month or $119.99 for the year.
Despite the slow start to the season, the Warriors are the second-biggest favorite on the night, giving 12 points at home.
The Dubs’ 2-2 start to the campaign can largely be attributed to defense. The offense is still clicking at an absurdly efficient rate, averaging 117.1 points per 100 possessions (Indiana is second in the NBA at 113.8), but the defense is just 21st in defensive rating and 15th in field-goal percentage defense after ranking second and first, respectively, a year ago.
On the other side of things, the Raptors are off to an excellent start to the season, as they sit second in the NBA behind only the Clippers in net rating. This is mostly the same roster as last year, with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan leading the way, but with young guys like Norman Powell, Delon Wright and Jakob Poeltl showing improvement, and newcomers like CJ Miles and OG Anunoby playing key roles off the bench, there’s certainly still room for growth.
A matchup at Golden State–arguably the most difficult place to play in the NBA against everyone’s NBA title favorite–is a good early-season litmus test for the Raps, who look like they have the depth behind their already entrenched stars to now make a run at a Top-2 spot in the East.
It’s far too early to call this a potential Finals preview, but it should easily be one of the best games of the night in the NBA.