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(2-2) Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers (2-2)
Date: Friday October 27
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -6
NBA Betting Total: 225
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The weekend begins with the Raptors continuing their long road trip with a trip to Staples to take on the Lakers. So far the trip has been a dud but this is a much more favourable matchup than San Antonio and Golden State back to back. They really need a win.
Things look to be improving for the Lakers but I am not a Lonzo Ball guy. For a lot of reasons I see him as just a nice prospect and more complimentary than superstar material.
The Raptors want to play with more pace and more outside shooting this season but the results have been mixed. The beat two bad teams and lost to two really good teams so it is hard to say true impact the change in style is having, if any.
I liked Toronot coming into the season because of the continuity they have. However, that was predicated on Kyle Lowry earning his enormous salary. Right now he isn’t and I worry his dropoff, when it happens, could be extreme. And he won’t keep his mouth shut and play.
Toronto is also really struggling with rebounding since Jonas Valanciunas was hurt. His immediate replacement is also hurt so they are scrambling a little bit. Thankfully that deficiency is less likely to be exploited in this matchup.
No surprise that DeMar DeRozan has been the Raptors best player. Last year he started the season super hot while this year he has just been very good. A return to his roots might enthuse him though, He is a SoCal guy.
I love the second unit of the Raptors and expect them to be a factor because they are definitely more dynamic and capable than what L.A. Plus at some point the road trip starts to catch up with teams.
Los Angeles Lakers
I don’t know if they will be any good but the Lakers are at least interesting again. Lonzo Ball is a bit of a lightning rod thanks to his dad and one of the ugliest jump shot you will ever see. There is some surrounding talent but beyond Brook Lopez and Jordan Clarkson it is hard to know where the points are going to come from on a nightly basis.
Key to the team’s development is that of last year’s pick Brandon Ingram. He has good length and athleticism but I think he is still lacking that one superlative element that makes the really good players – like a signature move. Plus he is still too slight for me. There is not as much banging these days but the game is still physical.
This is a game where Lopez should be the focus. When he was with the Nets he usually had success against Toronto and they are missing two keys bigs to make it difficult for him. Spot play that he is over the 13.5 points he has been averaging so far this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Under is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
Under is 7-1 in Lakers last 8 games following a straight up win.
Under is 6-1 in Lakers last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
Still no line posted here but I think it will see the Raptors as slight favourites, even on the road off two losses.
I will be looking to back Toronto. There is no doubt they can and should play better and this is a buying opportunity. Unless you have fundamentally changes your opinion on Toronto you should take them here
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Toronto -6
I think Kyle may be invigorated with a matchup with Ball. Old School vs. the new.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 116 – Los Angeles 102
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