Lakers vs Raptors Free Pick
Lakers @ Raptors (TOR -2.5, 215.5)
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Just one look at the injury report will give you a clue as to how attack tonight’s Lakers-Raptors total. LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain out for Los Angeles and newly acquired C Andre Drummond is questionable with a toe injury.
For the Raptors, the roster for head coach Nick Nurse is pretty thin. Toronto beat Washington on Monday night with just nine players. Tonight, guard Kyle Lowry and his 17 points and 7.3 assists are out. Rodney Hood, Jalen Harris, Paul Watson, Patrick McCaw, and Fred VanVleet are all listed as questionable.
It’s hard to score a lot of points when almost all your stars are out of the lineup. The Lakers have been managing without their two stars – James and Davis. They are only 4-6 in their last ten games, but their defense continues to keep them in games.
The Lakers are second in the NBA in points allowed per game (105.9) and over the last ten games the L.A. defense has held opponents to just 104.1 points per game.
Toronto hasn’t been much better going just 3-7 over their last ten. The Raptors have won their last two straight though. They held Golden State to just 77 points in a 130-77 victory and beat Washington 103-101. Not surprisingly, both of those totals went Under.
The total has gone Under in four of the last six Raptors games. It’s been much of the same for the Lakers. The Under has hit in six straight Lakers’ games.
While the Lakers defense has been solid, their offense has left much to be desired. In those last six games, L.A.’s point totals were 86, 115, 97, 96, 100, and 101. You don’t win many games in the NBA scoring in the 80s and 90s, but bettors do win a lot on the Under which is the play tonight.
For good measure, remember the total has gone Under in eight of the last 11 games played between the Raptors and the Lakers.
Lakers @ Raptors Free Pick Under 215.5
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