The Toronto Raptors (15-21) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (18-19) on Tuesday, January 9th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on SN-LA. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 10:30 ET.
Raptors vs Lakers
The Raptors Are Coming Off A Win
The Raptors won vs. the Warriors in their most recent game, ending with a score of 133-118. The Raptors faced the Warriors as +2 underdogs, achieving both a straight-up and ATS win in the game. Before the game, the over/under line was 237.5 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
With a record of 15-21, the Raptors are looking to improve their below .500 mark as they take on the Lakers. In their 36 games, the Raptors are 9-17 against teams from the Eastern Conference and have gone 6-4 in non-conference games.
Toronto has an overall ATS record of 18-18 as they come into today’s game. This season, Toronto has a 7-8 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 11-10 when playing as underdogs.
The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win
The Lakers picked up a win over the Clippers in their latest game, finishing with a score of 106-103. The Lakers picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 53-49.
With a win over the Raptors, the Lakers can even their record at .500. This season, the Lakers are 18-19 overall. In away games, they are 6-13 compared to 12-6 at home.
So far, Los Angeles’ ATS record is below .500 at 16-21. This season, Los Angeles has a 9-13 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 7-8 as underdogs.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
This season, the Toronto offense is ranked 17th in the NBA in scoring at 115 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Raptors are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.9 per contest. Even though they have preferred to slow the game down, the Toronto offense is the 12th ranked team in made field goals per game.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Los Angeles offense is ranked 20th in the NBA in scoring at 113.5 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Lakers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.7 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 7th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Raptors Team Defense
On average, the Toronto defense is giving up 115.7 points per game (17th). Right now, they are on a 3 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Raptors defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.7% while allowing 38.2% from downtown.
Lakers Team Defense
The Lakers’ defense is presently ranked 16th in the league, allowing an average of 114.6 points per contest. The Lakers defense is coming off a game in which they held the Clippers offense to just 51.2% shooting. Overall, they gave up 103 points to Los Angeles.
Key Players For The Raptors And Lakers
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Pascal Siakam as the primary point contributor for the Raptors, finishing with 22 points while maintaining a 8/17 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 22.1 points per game along with 6.5 boards.
On the other side, Anthony Davis is our projected leading scorer for the Lakers. We have him ending the game with a team-high 24 and grabbing 12 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 55.6%, and he is contributing 25.2 points per game on average.
Raptors vs Lakers Trends
- Across the Raptors last ten road games, the team averaged 121 points per game while allowing 120. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 4-6, while going 3-7 straight-up.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Lakers offense has averaged 116 points per game while allowing an average of 121. Los Angeles posted an overall record of 3-7 while going 4-6 ATS.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Raptors have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 3-2.
- Going back to their previous five games as the favorite, Los Angeles has an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 1-4 straight up.
As the underdogs with a spread of +5, we recommend going with the Raptors on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 233.5, and our model projects the Raptors and Lakers to reach a combined total of 228 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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