Los Angeles Lakers (50-14) at Toronto Raptors (46-18)
NBA Basketball: Saturday August 1, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +4 – Over / Under: 215 Click here for last odds
The Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors meet at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers will look to stay warm after defeating rivals Clippers in a 103-101 win on Thursday. Anthony Davis hit the ground running as he drained 16 of 17 free throws to lead the team with 34 points, eight rebounds and four assists. LeBron James added 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists while Kyle Kuzma contributed with 16 points off the bench. As a team, the Lakers shot 39 percent from the field and 11 of 36 from the 3-point line as they dominated the first quarter to lead by no less than 13 points, before needing to recover from a 11 point deficit to win. play on a recovery layup from James. JR Smith finished scoreless in eight minutes of action, but Dion Waiters scored with 11 crucial points off the bench.
COMPUTER IMAGES TEST INCLUDING LIVE BETTING ALERTS
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been one of the most consistent teams of the season, leading a four-game winning streak before the season suspension. Pascal Siakam led the team with 23.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, Kyle Lowry averaging 19.7 points and 7.7 assists while Fred VanVleet averaged 17.6 points with 6.6 assists per game. As a team, the Toronto Raptors shoot 37.1% from beyond the arc and 80% from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 113 points on 45.8% from shots, but where they continued to dominate was on the defensive side where they allowed just 106.5 points out of 42.9% shot.
Looking at betting trends, the Lakers are 5-1 CÉP in their last six games following a loss to CÉP and 9-4 CÉP in their last 13 games overall. The Raptors are 4-1 CEP in their last five games on Saturday, 4-10 CEP in their last 14 games played on three or more days of rest and 10-3 CEP in their last 13 games after one more loss of 10 points.
Head-to-head minus is 7-3 in the last 10 total games, the Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last five games in Toronto and the Lakers are 7- 18-1 ATS in the last 26 games in total.
The Lakers will be happy they were able to secure the win over the Clippers on Thursday, but it was a very sloppy performance that could easily have seen them lose to the buzzer as the Clippers had a shot at winning in the end. The Lakers are still without Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley, so they’re going to need more of the new signing JR Smith and Dion Waiters. The Raptors have won the last 10 games against the Lakers and they are 18-7-1 ATS the last 26 games overall, so despite VanVleet’s absence, I’m going with the Raptors to pull the small upheaval here.
Get our best expert bets for ALL GAMES
The choice in this article is the opinion of the writer, not the consensus of the Sports Chat Place site.