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(19-29) LA Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors (32-15)
Date: Sunday January 28
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 220
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Sunday January 28, the LA Lakers arrive at the Air Canada Centre to play the Toronto Raptors. LA has been on a bit of a winning streak having won four in a row including their last game at Chicago.
.The Raptors are showing signs of being caught up in the dog days of January. Although no win is a guarantee against this squad they are 5-5 in their last 10 including a clutch time 4 point loss to the Utah Jazz at home.
Last season, the Raptors swept the season series and are on a six game win streak against LA including the earlier game this year in Los Angeles. The Lakers hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors 28 of their 42 matches.
Perhaps I’m on an island alone, but there has been an odd trend this season particular by the cellar dwellers. Teams like the Magic, Mavericks, Nets, Bulls and Lakers go on extended losing streaks and then suddenly start beating top tier squads.
Apparently it’s the Lakers turn to be the team of the moment. LA followed up nine consecutive losses with a four game winning streak including a win over the Spurs. Two losses were followed by the current four game win streak with an upset victory over the Celtics.
In the last 10 games the Lakers have improved from the 11th ranked defense to 4th, but the major improvement has been offensively where LA have vaulted from a season ranking of 28th to fourth.
Lonzo Ball has missed the past six games dealing with a sore knee and he is not expected to play in this game.
The Raptors missed out on a huge opportunity losing to the Jazz in the closing minutes of the game on Friday. A Raptors win coupled with a Celtics loss to the Warriors would have catapulted Toronto into first.
One more win by the Raptors also secures Dwane Casey as one of the All-Star coaches although it’s not a guarantee he would coach DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry who are on Team Curry. The oddity for the Raptors is none of the youngsters made the Rising Stars game.
Rookie OG Anunoby is starting and defending the opponent’s top offensive weapon. Sophomores Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet are all key contributors to Toronto’s reserve unit which is arguably Toronto’s greatest x-factor.
Jonas Valanciunas continues to put together arguably his best stretch of games in his pro career. His double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds was augmented by two triples, 2 assists, 4 blocks and a steal.
Although JV only attempts 0.6 treys, he is highly efficient (41.7%) and the shot has seemingly opened the center’s game as teams are forced to defend him out to the arc.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-3 in Raptors last 11 home games.
- Over is 7-3 in the last 10 head to head meetings in Toronto.
- Lakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 head to head contests.
- Over Under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free LA Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Toronto tend to respond to losses with huge bounce back wins, but as noted when a team is hot like the Lakers they tend to get more respect from the officials. The problems is the Lakers are not a solid free throw shooting team, so as long as the Raptors play solid defense the outcome should sway in their direction. A
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Lakers +9.5
Toronto are committed to improving their home court record solid. Expect Toronto to get the win, but the spread feels a tad high.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 111 – Lakers 103
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