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NBA 2018-19: Toronto Raptors Vs Golden State Warriors preview

Jason Mills
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#2 Who will start at center for the Raptors?

Toronto Raptors v Atlanta Hawks
Toronto Raptors v Atlanta Hawks

It will be interesting, to see, who Raptors head coach, Nick Nurse starts, at center. The Warriors have been starting their 2016 first round pick Damian Jones a 7 foot 245 lb center. He averages 5.4 points per game and 2.3 rebounds a game.

In considering this game will be a track meet, as both teams, like to play up tempo basketball, its expected Serge Ibaka will get this start. Jones does not contribute much at this stage of his career, so Jonas Valanciunas should be coming off the bench.

Ibaka is the more athletic player, of the Raptors two big men, and would handle a running style of basketball better. This is a match up the Raptors should win. Both Ibaka and Valanciunas have been playing well averaging 16.6 and 12.8 points per game respectively. However, once again, whichever of the two starts or regardless, of minutes played, defensive rebounds must be recorded.

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