Toronto Raptors at LA Clippers Point Spread: Odds, Prediction
Will Raptors Extend Win Streak To Seven?
Yes, because the Clippers have been decimated by injury and trade.
The Raptors are one of the hottest teams in the NBA, winning six in a row and ten of their last twelve. Coach Dwane Casey made a key adaption in strategy this year, slotting OG into the small forward starting position during this twelve-game run. This creates a longer, quicker and younger Raptors lineup, capable of challenging teams which play “positionless” basketball.
With the loss of Blake Griffin and Patrick Beverley, the Los Angeles Clippers face the impossible task of competing in the western conference without a pair of key starters. Losing Chris Paul to the Rockets was bad enough, but an often injured, shorthanded Los Angeles team doesn’t give the post-Paul era a chance to succeed.
Raptors Betting Picks:
NBA Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
Point Spread – Toronto Raptors -5.5 (-110)
Straight Up Moneyline – Raptors -225
Over/Under Totals – Over 216.0 (-110)
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends Against Los Angeles Clippers
Depth Of Raptors Rotation
Just past the quarter point of the regular season, Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan have spent less time on court, with coach Casey utilizing rotation depth to fill in these quality minutes. Eight players average between 16 and 21 minutes per game, and Serge Ibaka’s only on court for 27.2 MPG. Rookie OG Anunoby has made the most of his starting role, shooting .431 from deep and hitting more than 50% of his shots from the field while playing solid defense.
Toronto Solid Against The West
The Raptors have started well against the Pacific side of the association, earning a 9-3 record versus western conference teams, which compares well to their 15-4 record against squads in the east. Toronto has gone 8-6 on the road this year, which doesn’t look great, but ranks fifth in the NBA. Against the east, Los Angeles has a 2-6 record, while their home mark stands at 5-7. Toronto beat three western teams in a row recently, including big road wins in Memphis and Sacramento.
Raptors Deadly Offense Expands
Toronto hits an average amount of their three-point attempts, but the fact that they attempt the sixth most threes in the NBA results in a .485 FG%, second-best in the association. Expanding the offensive zone forces teams to open lanes against Toronto, creating 23.5 assists per game, which is fifth-best in the NBA. The Raptors score an average of 111.3 PPG, slightly behind the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors. Since Griffin and super-pest Beverley remain sidelined, expect Toronto to put up big numbers after 48 minutes.
Clippers Terrible Defensive Rating
Los Angeles has suffered poor defense because of personnel injury and trades. The Clippers defensive rating has plummeted to 111.4, according the NBA Reference. Only the Phoenix Suns perform worse in their own zone, with a 112.2 rating. The Raptors have been mostly competent on defense, with a 105.8 rating, which ranks ninth in the NBA. An over/under of 216.0 is slightly below the total defensive rating of the Raptors and the Clippers combined.
Toronto Plays Well Against The Clippers
Over their last six meetings, Toronto have won five against the Clippers, including four Raptors wins by ten or more points. The last time Toronto lost was in Los Angeles, with the Clippers earning a 123-115 win just over a year ago. Two of those Clippers will not be present for tonight’s matchup, which makes this game appear like another double-digit win for the Raptors.
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