In this high caliber duel between two squads sitting among the playoff places of their respective conference, the second in the East Toronto Raptors (43-16), who have lost only once in their last 8 games, are hosting the sixth in the West San Antonio Spurs (33-26), who are looking to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 02-22-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -7.5
Toronto Raptors have a 43-16 record (26-33 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. They have won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won at home against the Wizards with a 129-120 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 27 ppg, adding a team high 7.7 boards per game. He is followed by Pascal Siakam with 16.1 ppg and 7 boards per game.
San Antonio Spurs have a 33-26 record (31-27-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Jazz in the 6th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a four-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Grizzlies with a 108-107 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 21.4 ppg, adding 6.1 boards and a team high 6.1 dimes per game. He is followed by LaMarcus Aldridge with 21 ppg and a team high 9 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Spurs won at home with a 125-107 score. Raptors have a 24-5 home record, while the Spurs are 11-19 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 114.3 ppg to Spurs’ 112.3 and defensively, allowing 108.7 ppg to Spurs’ 111.4. Spurs on the other hand have better percentages both in field goals (47.8% to 47%) and in 3-pointers (40.9% to 34.6%). Both teams dish exactly 24.7 dimes per game, while Spurs are better in turnovers committed (12.2 to 13.1) and Raptors are better in boards grabbed (45.2 to 44.1). Raptors are the absolute favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the win today.
San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -7.5 (-108)
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