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2021 NBA Handicapping
(30-19) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors (20-30)
Date: Tuesday, April 6th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 216.5
On Tuesday, April 6th, the Los Angeles Lakers meets the Toronto Raptors for the first time this season. Toronto has a current 11-game win streak versus the Lakers.
Last season, the squads played twice with Toronto winning both contests. The Lakers hold the all-time record having won 28 matches of the 47 played.
Los Angeles Lakers
Considering the Lakers have been playing without the services of either superstar the fact they’ve avoided a massive losing streak is commendable. In the last nine games, they are 3-6 but those three victories came in the last five games.
Granted they came versus the Cavaliers, Magic, and Kings.
In their most recent match, the Clippers took advantage of the decimated Lakers. Montrezl Harrell was the top scorer with 19 points.
Talen Horton-Tucker (the player the Raptors wanted in the trade deadline deal for Kyle Lowry) scored 16 points. Marc Gasol (11) was the only starter to score in double-figures.
Andre Drummond lost his big toenail in his debut with the Lakers and did not play Sunday. Wesley Matthews is dealing with a neck injury. Both are listed as questionable for Tuesday.
Anthony Davis should be nearing a return to the lineup after missing 22 games due to a strained calf but won’t play versus Toronto as per the NBA injury report.
LeBron James is expected to miss three to five weeks with a high ankle sprain which should see him returning mid to end of April. Jared Dudley is out with a torn MCL.
Sometimes you have to win ugly and that’s what the Raptors did on Monday night. After trailing the Wizards by as much as 19 points they fought back to take the lead.
But a Russell Westbrook 3-pointer put Washington back on top. That set the stage for Gary Trent Jr. to race up court with 3.3 seconds remaining and to channel his Dame Time lessons learned in Portland as he nailed the 3-pointer for the win. GTJ finished with 16 points.
It was the first time since February 21st Toronto has won consecutive games.
Like the Lakers, the Raptors are missing core players. Both Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet are out injured which had Nick Nurse tap DeAndre Bembry as the starting point guard.
Bembry handled the assignment well with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal, and a key block in the late stages of the match. Rookie Malachi Flynn also stepped up with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals, and three blocks.
Pascal Siakam led the scoring with 22 points while OG Anunoby chipped in 14.
VanVleet (hip), Lowry (foot), Rodney Hood (hip), Paul Watson Jr. (health and safety protocols), Pat McCaw (knee), and Jalen Harris (hip) are all expected to miss the game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Raptors are 10-0 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Raptors are 9-1 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 3-7 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
This could be titled the match of the walking wounded with both teams devastated by injury. While the Raptors have Siakam and Anunoby they are still not 100 percent since returning from their bout with COVID.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Lakers +2.5
My gut says Toronto finds a way to win – but I’ve been burnt too many times this season on second games of back-to-back sets (Raps are 1-7 in those situations with some of their worst losses). Conversely, the Lakers are 1-6 in their last seven road games.
If VanVleet returns I’d give Raps the edge but as of posting his participation is questionable.
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