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Raptors vs Lakers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Lakers
- Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
- Date: Friday, March 10th
- Betting Odds TOR -1.0, TOR -107 | LAL -113 O/U 224.5
So far, the Raptors have put together an overall record of 32-35, while going 33-34-0 vs the spread. Over the Raptors current 2 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -6.5 points per game.
Not only did the Raptors drop their last game to the Clippers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 108-100 as 3 point underdogs. Going into halftime, the teams were all tied at 49, before the Lakers went on to take control of the game in the 2nd half. Leading the team in scoring was Scottie Barnes, as he contributed 20 points while hitting 28.6% of his shots.
The Lakers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 32-34. So far, the team has gone 32-31-3 against the spread. Against the Raptors, the Lakers are looking to add to their current 2 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 8.5.
The Lakers are coming off a 112-103 win over the Grizzlies. This win came despite entering the game as the 1 point underdogs. Although Los Angeles trailed the Grizzlies going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. Leading the team in scoring was Anthony Davis, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 64.7% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Raptors picked up the 126-113 win over the Lakers. The Raptors point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 12.0 point favorite. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Raptors averaged 118.5 points per game vs Los Angeles, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Raptors saw a boost in scoring, the Lakers averaged 115.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Toronto. This figure was similar to season-long average. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Raptors have averaged 117 points per game compared to 113 for Los Angeles. This has led to an ATS record of 3-2 for Toronto. Toronto and Los Angeles averaged a combined 230 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Toronto offense is ranked 23rd in the NBA in scoring at 112.4 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 97.3 per contest. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 22nd in fields goals made per contest.
So far, the Raptors have played well defensively, as they are ranked 7th in the league at 107.1 points per contest.
On offense, Pascal Siakam leads the Raptors in scoring at 24.6 points per game, placing him 24th in the NBA. Overall, Siakam has hit 47.4% of his shots while accounting for 20.6% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 14th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 19.3 points per game, Fred VanVleet is the 2nd leading scorer for the Raptors. For the season, he is 112nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 39.1%.
Coming into today’s action, Los Angeles is averaging 116.6 points per contest. This figure places them 8th in the league. In terms of pace, the Lakers are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 102.4 possessions per game. Heading into the game, the Lakers will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.
Currently, the Lakers defense is ranked 28th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.15 points per game vs the unit.
Anthony Davis is expected to play a key role in Los Angeles’s scoring efforts against the Toronto today, as LeBron James is unavailable. James is the team’s leading scorer this season with 29.5 points per game. Davis is 2nd in scoring for the team with 26.5 points per game, which ranks him 15.0th in the NBA. In his 41 games, he has hit 56.2% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 12.5 rebounds per game.
Raptors vs Lakers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Raptors -1.0
- Free Total Prediction: Over 224.5