In this battle between two teams that started the season with playoff hopes but only one achieving them so far, the Toronto Raptors (48-20), who saw a winning streak end and are looking to bounce back, are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (31-36), who on the other hand are looking to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 03-14-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -10
Toronto Raptors have a 48-20 record (29-39 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Cavaliers with a 101-126 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 27 ppg, adding 7.3 boards per game. He is followed by Pascal Siakam with 16.4 ppg and 7 boards per game.
Los Angeles Lakers have a 31-36 record (27-38-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a five-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Bulls with a 123-107 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.3 ppg, adding 8 dimes and a team high 8.7 boards per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 18.9 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Raptors won on the road with a 107-121 score. Raptors have a 27-7 home record, while the Lakers are 13-20 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 114 ppg to Lakers’ 112.2 ppg and defensively, allowing 108.9 ppg to Lakers’ 113.9. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (47.5% to 47%), while Raptors have a better 3-point percentage (35.2% to 33.4%). Lakers are better both in dimes made (25.3 to 24.9) and in boards grabbed (46.2 to 45.1), while Raptors are better in turnovers committed (13.2 to 15.1). Raptors are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -10 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -10 (-109)
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