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(17-7) Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angles Clippers (9-15)
Date: Monday, December 11
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 215
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The Los Angeles Clippers enter this contest having won their last game, 113-112, over the Washington Wizards. The problem is that this was their first win after four straight losses to the Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves (twice).
The Toronto Raptors, on the other hand, are also coming off a win, but they’ve had much more success as of late. They’ve won six straight and bring all that momentum with them into this contest.
So far this season, the Raptors are averaging 111.7 points per game. That number is good enough for third in the NBA.
Defensively, Toronto is more middle-of-the-pack. The team is allowing opponents to score 104.2 points per night, which puts it at 14th in the Association.
Against the Clippers, Toronto needs to focus its defensive efforts on Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams. With the likes of Blake Griffin and Pat Beverley out, the Clips have turned to their secondary scorers for production.
In the last outing—a one-point win by L.A.—the Clippers got 25 points from Gallinari and 35 from Williams off the bench.
The Raptors shouldn’t worry about DeAndre Jordan, who is going to get a few buckets off of offensive rebounding opportunities. Those points won’t amount to any sort of big production, but making Gallo and Sweet Lou uncomfortable will make a big difference.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers enter this season averaging 105.3 points per game. That is good enough to put L.A. directly in the middle of the league at 15th.
Defensively, Los Angeles is giving up 107.9 points per contest. That number is only good enough to put them at 23rd in the Association.
Against Toronto, the Clips should come in with a very specific defensive game plan. And that should be to slow down the backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.
Toronto plays the 11th-fastest pace, but its offensive efficiency is top three. That’s large in part because of its backcourt.
Entering this game, Lowry and DeRozan are averaging 16.6 and 23.4 points, respectively.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 27-12 in TOR last 39 road games.
- LAC are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
- Over is 7-3 in LAC last 10 games as an underdog.
- TOR are 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Prediction:
The Raptors and Clippers enter this game second and 11th in their respective conferences. Obviously, these two are heading in different directions, and that should be clear in this contest.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors ATS
Unless the Clippers find a way to really push the pace and force Toronto into a sloppy competition, it should be obvious by the end of the fourth quarter which squad is looking for home-court advantage in the postseason and which is trying to gain lottery position.
The Clips have home-court advantage, but the Raptors are easily the better team.
Toronto should win this one both straight up and against the spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto Raptors 111 – Los Angeles Clippers 103
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