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2021 NBA Handicapping
(26-38) Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers (36-27)
Date: Sunday, May 2nd
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Raptors +220 | Lakers -280
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
Sunday, May 2nd, the Toronto Raptors will play the Los Angeles Lakers. The initial match was won by LA (110-101) with OG Anunoby and Dennis Schroder getting into an altercation that resulted in Anunoby and Montrezl Harrell both being ejected from the match.
The Lakers hold the all-time record having won 28 matches of the 48 played. Last season, the squads played twice times with the Raptors winning both contests.
On a hellish Western road trip the Raptors aren’t faring well with losses to the Nuggets and Jazz already. In both games, the Raptors were in the match until late in the game.
The problem for Toronto, like all season, has been their limited roster as someone is always out injured. The effects of COVID-19 are stil showing up weeks later.
Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet in particular seem to be the hardest hit and a review of their consistency. The only not showing post virus affects is Anunoby.
On Saturday, the Raptors used their 30th different starting lineup and while that’s a franchise record it’s only the fifth highest in the NBA this season due to COVID-19.
The Raptors starters all performed well versus the Jazz, each scoring in double-figures but the bench only accumulated 13 points (Utah reserves scored 32) in total which isn’t going to win you many games.
Nick Nurse may question resting Kyle Lowry given the outcome (106-102). Then again the Raptors poor performance in second games of back-to-back sets (2-12) perhaps he was hoping to grind out a win versus Utah and have Lowry rested and ready to go in LA.
Gary Trent Jr. (leg), Chris Bouchers (strained MCL), and Paul Watson (knee) are expected out Sunday.
Los Angeles Lakers
Despite the return of superstar LeBron James, the Lakers weren’t able to net the victory falling 110-106 versus the Kings on Friday night.
In his first game back after missing 20 games due to a high ankle sprain, James delivered 16 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and a block.
The only apparent rust that showed was his five turnovers and not being able to hit the game-tying.
Anthony Davis offered a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. But the only other players to register double-figure scores were Andre Drummond (17) and Ben McLemore (12),
Hard to know what’s up with the Lakers in terms of their listed injury report and given the Raptors were fined for inaccurate reporting. Perhaps it’s just semantics to throw off Toronto’s preparation. To wit…
Anthony Davis (calf strain), Kentavious Probable (ankle sprain), Dennis Schroder (left calf strain), Marc Gasol (volar plate fracture- pinkie finger), and Kyle Kuzma (Kuzma, Kyle (left thumb sprain) are all listed as probable.
LeBron James (ankle sprain) and Alex Caruso Questionable (back spasms) are listed as questionable while Jared Dudley (MCL tear) is out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Raptors are 9-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Raptors are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
No denying the second game of back-to-backs for the Raptors but once again it’s a must-win. With the Clippers up next on Tuesday it feels like losing this game would end the Raptors shot at the play-in. It’s win or go home for Toronto.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +7.5
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