Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors Prediction 4/2/2024

The Los Angeles Lakers (42-33) travel to face off against the Toronto Raptors (23-51) on Tuesday, April 2nd. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and televised on TSN. The Lakers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Raptors are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Nets. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

Lakers vs Raptors

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The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win

Most recently, the Lakers bested the Nets with a score of 116-104. Not only did the Lakers win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -6.5 point favorites. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 220 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 225.

Heading into their matchup vs. the Raptors, the Lakers are 42-33 overall and 2-1 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, the Lakers are 9th and are 4th in the Pacific division.

Los Angeles’ ATS record is currently below .500 at 35-40 for the season. This season, Los Angeles has a 18-23 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 17-17 when playing as underdogs.

The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Gary Trent Jr. scored 23 for Toronto against the 76ers which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 52.2%. While Jordan Nwora was 2nd on the team with 19 points, Toronto fell short in the game with a final score of 135-120.

Despite being heavy underdogs (+12.5), the Raptors are hoping to get a win vs. the Lakers. Looking at their overall record of 23-51, the Raptors are 13-25 when playing at home and 10-26 on the road.

Toronto has an overall ATS record of 32-42 for the season so far. In their last 10 home games, Toronto has been unable to cover the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 13-25 at home compared to 19-17 on the road.

Lakers Offense Breakdown

For the season, the Los Angeles offense is the 8th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.7 points per contest.

When it comes to pace, the Lakers are one of the fastest teams in the league, ranking 3rd with 101.1 possessions per game. This has helped them to average 117.7 points per game, which is 8th in the NBA. However, on the road, they are scoring slightly fewer points at 116.1 per game.

So far this season, the Lakers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 54.7% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 3rd in the league at 49%. However, when it comes to three-point shooting, they are just 24th in the NBA in made threes at 11.7 per game.

Overall, the Lakers’ offense is 7th in assists at 28.5 per game. In terms of free throws, they are 4th in the league in made free throws at 18.9 per game. When it comes to offensive rebounding, they are last in the NBA with just 8.1 per game.

Raptors Offense Breakdown

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Through 74 games the Raptors are averaging 112.7 points per contest, placing them 19th in the NBA.

At home, the Raptors are averaging 109.5 points per game, which is 27th in the NBA. Overall, they are 19th in scoring at 112.7 points per game. They have outscored the league average in 43.2% of their games this season.

When it comes to pace, Toronto is 14th in the league at 99.1 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, the Raptors are 16th at 47%. They are 5th in two-point field goals made and attempted, hitting 54% of their two-point attempts.

So far this season, the Raptors are 5th in assists, averaging 29 per game. From beyond the arc, Toronto is 25th in three-pointers made per game at 11.6. They are hitting 35% of their three-point attempts, which is 28th in the league.

Lakers Team Defense

Currently, the Lakers’ defense holds the 23rd rank in the NBA, allowing 117.5 points per game. In their previous matchup vs. the Nets, the Lakers’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 54% leading to 104 points.

Raptors Team Defense

On average, the Toronto defense is giving up 118.4 points per game (24th). Right now, they are on a 6 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. Toronto’s defense is currently forcing 13.2 turnovers per game, which is 19th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 19th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.8 rejections per game.

Key Players For The Lakers And Raptors

Our game forecasts for today suggest that LeBron James is set to be the main scorer for the Lakers, recording 25 points and shooting 10/18 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 25.4 points per game, in addition to 7.3 rebounds.

On the other side, RJ Barrett is our projected leading scorer for the Raptors. We have him ending the game with a team-high 19 and grabbing 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 48.9%, and he is contributing 19.5 points per game on average.

Lakers vs Raptors Trends

  • When looking at their past three road matchups, Los Angeles has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 114 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
  • Through their last ten home games, Toronto has an ATS record of just 5-5. However, their overall record was 3-7 while averaging 113 points per game.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Toronto has an ATS mark of 2-8 while going 0-10 straight up.
  • Los Angeles has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 5-0 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games.

Lakers vs Raptors Prediction

For a pick on the point-spread in this Lakers vs. Raptors matchup, our bet is to grab the Raptors at +12.5. Even though our projections have the Lakers winning 117-113, we see the Raptors as the play on the point-spread.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 231, and our model predicts the Lakers and Raptors to score a combined 230 points. We recommend betting on the under.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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