Date/Time: 03-14-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -10
Two squads sitting in and out of the playoff places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the 11th in the West Los Angeles Lakers, looking to continue on the winning ways, are visiting the second in the East Toronto Raptors, who want to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Lakers are 31-36 so far in the league and are sitting on the eleventh place of the Western conference. In their latest matchup they ended a 5-game defeat streak with a road victory against Chicago, 123-107. Raptors are 48-20 so far in the league and are sitting on the 2nd place of the Eastern Conference. In their latest matchup they saw a 2-game victory streak end with a road defeat by Cleveland, 101-126.
Top Basketball BookmakersLA are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.3 ppg. He also adds 8 assists and leads the team in rebounding with 8.7 per game, while Kyle Kuzma follows with 18.9 ppg, adding 5.6 rebounds per game. Brandon Ingram adds 18.3 ppg and 5.1 rebounds per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury. Toronto are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 27 ppg. He also adds 7.3 rebounds per game, while Pascal Siakam follows with 16.4 ppg, adding 7 rebounds per game. Serge Ibaka adds 15.1 ppg and a team high 8.1 rebounds per game.
This will be the second meeting between those two teams so far this season with Toronto having won the previous on the road by 14 points. Toronto are 27-7 at home, while LA are 13-20 on the road. Toronto have both a better offense with 114 ppg to LA’s 112.2 ppg and a better defense, allowing 108.9 ppg to LA’s 113.9. LA have a better accuracy from the field (47.5% to 47%), while Toronto have a better accuracy from behind the arc (35.2% to 33.4%). Toronto commit fewer turnovers per game (13.2 to 15.1), while LA dish more assists (25.3 to 24.9) and grab more rebounds per game (46.2 to 45.1). Toronto are superior to the Lakers throughout the season and expect them to have an easy evening at home and win by more than 10 points.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -10 (-109)