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2021 NBA Handicapping
(26-26) San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors (21-34)
Date: Wednesday, April 14th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Spurs -4
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
On Wednesday, April 14th, the San Antonio Spurs meets the Toronto Raptors for the second time this season. San Antonio won the initial meeting (119-114) on December 26th.
Last season, the squads played twice with each club winning one contest. The Spurs hold the all-time record having won 35 matches of the 49 played.
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This matchup is always intriguing given the Raptors’ lone title in franchise history will always have direct ties to the Spurs who traded Kawhi Leonard to Toronto.
Leonard bolted the year after the championship but DeMar DeRozan remains in San Antonio and is likely to be one of the biggest names in free agency this offseason.
While many viewed the Spurs-Raptors deal as San Antonio simply getting rid of a disenchanted superstar the reality is DeRozan has been a vital part of the Spurs. He tops the team in scoring (21.2) and assists (7.1) while providing quality leadership.
For a team with so much youth having a player who is known for his work ethic and one that is more vocal (than Leonard), resulted in the Spurs benefitting greatly.
No, they didn’t get a title with DeMar, but he shouldn’t be tasked as being the primary on “most” title teams. Rather he’s the perfect secondary or tertiary option.
That’s not to say he’s averse to clutch time as DeRozan proved in the recent victory on Sunday versus the Mavericks. He hit the game-winner on route to his 33 points, eight assists night.
That also stopped a five-game losing streak with the Spurs going on to defeat the Magic a night later with DeRozan once again leading the scoring.
Gorgui Dieng (shoulder) and Trey Lyles (ankle) are out.
The Spurs deal was inarguably the toughest trade Masai Urjiri ever made given how beloved DeMar DeRozan was by the fan base and his teammates.
But, it’s a call he makes it all day, every day, and the banner that rests in the rafters of Scotiabank Arena offers evidence it was the right move.
Both teams ultimately benefited by the trade and both are actually in a similar position as they move toward a more youthful focus.
If the Raptors hadn’t dealt with so much adversity this season they’d likely be in the middle of the East’s ladder.
While there are some suggesting the Raps should’ve raised the tank flag already this week likely cements their decision. They lost 103-108 on Monday to the Hawks despite making it a game without Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet available.
The Hawks match Tuesday may seem like the greater challenge but in reality, this match poses a bigger threat, particularly since it falls on the second game of a back-to-back.
VanVleet (hip), Paul Watson Jr. (protocols), and Jalen Harris (hip) are all expected out Wednesday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Spurs are 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Spurs are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Although the addition of Khem Birch and Freddy Gillespie seems to address the Raptors center issues there is no avoiding the 1-11 record in second games of back-to-back sets.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Spurs ATS
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