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2021 NBA Handicapping
(27-38) Toronto Raptors vs. LA Clippers (43-22)
Date: Tuesday, May 4th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
Tuesday, May 4th finds the Toronto Raptors meeting the LA Clippers for the first time this season. The teams will play again on May 11th.
The Raptors hold the all-time record between the clubs with 27 wins in 48 meetings. Last season, the teams played twice with the Clippers taking both contests.
Every time it seems like the Raptors are raising the white flag they win a game in a manner that makes us stop to reconsider this squad.
On Sunday, they were missing Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr., and Chris Boucher. It was the second game of a back-to-back (2-12 previously) that began in Utah, their third game in four days and fifth in the week.
And they were facing a Lakers team with both LeBron and Anthony Davis playing with a rest advantage. Yet, it was the Raptors who erased an early double-digit lead and rolled to an easier win than the final score indicates (221-114).
It was the Raptors stars who were the best players on the court at least on this one night as each registered a double-double. Pascal Siakam served up 39 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks.
Kyle Lowry served up a reminder of what the Lakers won’t have for the postseason (because they weren’t willing to include Talen Horton-Tucker in the deal) with his 37 points, including eight 3-pointers, 11 assists, two rebounds, a steal, and a single turnover.
It’s still an uphill battle for Toronto to make the play-in tournament but this week will offer better clarity.
It was a rough week for the Clippers as they lost all three matches (Pelicans, Suns, Nuggets) which resulted in LA slipping to fourth in the standings.
On the positive side, Kawhi Leonard returned from a five-game absence (and nine out of 10 games). He played 30 minutes registering 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
Paul George offered 20 points but struggled offensively (5 of 21) but delivered elsewhere with seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Rajon Rondo (18), DeMarcus Cousins (16), and Reggie Jackson (15) were the other double-figure scorers.
LA has a decided rest advantage because they haven’t played since Saturday and only had three games last week. In contrast, Toronto played five games last week and this will be their third in four nights versus LA’s second.
Patrick Beverley has missed 24 of the last 26 games and 12 consecutive with a hand injury. Serge Ibaka is dealing with a back injury that has kept him off the court the last 25 games. Amir Coffey (health and safety protocols) are all out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in the last 10 head-to-head meetings.
- The Raptors are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The over/under is 4-6 in the last 10 contests between the clubs
Fre Toronto Raptors vs. LA Clippers NBA Prediction:
Fatigue could be a factor unless any or a combination of Anunoby, VanVleet, Trent Jr., and Boucher return to the court. Both clubs are desperate to win and the Raptors have yet to beat their former teammate and NBA Finals MVP since he elected to bolt for LA the summer after the club won the title.
If two of the four Raptors are back without others returning to the injury list it improves Toronto’s chances but without that confirmation, it’s a safer bet the Clippers do enough to end the losing streak.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +4.5
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