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2020 NBA Handicapping (Orlando Restart)
(50-14) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors (46-18)
Date: Saturday, August, 1st 2020
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Arena | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -4 | Raptors +4
NBA Betting Total: 216
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In what could be a preview of the NBA Finals matchup the league’s second and third seeds will face each other for the second time this season. Toronto won the first meeting in LA.
The Lakers are the West’s top seed and up 6.5 on the Clippers after their win on Thursday. The Raptors are the East’s second with a 3.5 edge over the Celtics after this loss to the Bucks.
Los Angeles Lakers
Although the Lakers were successful in their first seeded game they won by only two points to a Clippers squad missing Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.
LA boasted the third-ranked defense and fourth-ranked offense heading to Orlando but like their last opponent will have to deal with a top-defense in Toronto (ranked second).
Without Rajon Rondo (broken thumb) or Avery Bradley (opted out), the Lakers are working J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters into the mix. The latter was effective in the win over the Clippers scoring 11 points and adding three rebounds.
In the win, Anthony Davis led the scoring effort with 34 points along with eight rebounds while LeBron James delivered everywhere posting a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds as well as seven assists.
Davis was also effective in the first meeting versus Toronto filling up the stat sheet with 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists as well as effective defensively with two steals and four blocks.
This will be the first time since late January that the Raptors have their top seven players all healthy. In all, Toronto has met that goal 13 times with six occasions occurring in their first seven games.
To that end, the win in LA came without the services of Kyle Lowry or Serge Ibaka. Employing the next man up philosophy the reigning champions have found a way to win.
Pascal Siakam led the team in LA with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds along with four assists, three blocks, and a steal. The Lakers got up to a big lead but Toronto roared back with tough defense holding James to 1 for 8 shooting in the second half.
Fred VanVleet also delivered a double-double of 23 points and 10 assists. plus seven rebounds, two steals.
NBA Betting Trends:
- LAL are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- As the underdog, Toronto is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games.
- Under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
The defensive matchups in this game will be intriguing because Davis owned Siakam in the first meeting although the latter found a way to score regardless.
Additionally, Ibaka will offer another defender to put on Davis and Lowry attended the Lakers match versus the Clippers presumably to scout them for this game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors ATS
Although the Lakers played James and Davis to their typical minutes versus the Clippers they might not feel it necessary to push them in this match with less on the line.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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