Toronto Raptors (8-1 ) vs Los Angeles Lakers (3-5 )Date : 11/04/2018
Time : 10:30 PM ET
Location : Staples Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers will welcome the Raptors to Staples center as the two teams will be meeting for the first time this season. The Raptors are now the best team in the East with a record of 8-1 while the Lakers are off to a 3-5 start to the season. Game tips off at 10:30 PM ET.
Toronto Raptors's Latest Performance :
The Raptors are coming off their second straight win after losing their first game against the Bucks. It was a fairly comfortable victory against the Suns on the road. They opened the 3rd quarter on fire shooting 5-for-5 from the floor they never looked back after that. Leading the way for the Raptors was Kawhi Leonard he scored 19 points in 30 minutes. It was unfortunate that Kawhi had to leave the game late in the fourth because of a minor foot injury. I expect Kawhi to play in this game because he will have an opportunity to play in the Staples Center a potential free agency for Kawhi next season so if he plays I expect him to put up big numbers going up against James. Kyle Lowry scored 11 points and dished out 12 assists, it was his seven straight double-digit assist game. He is leading the league with 11.2 assists per game. He is striving under Nick Nurse’s system.
Los Angeles Lakers's Latest Performance :
The Lakers will be looking forward to this matchup against the Raptors because it will be a showdown between Kawhi and LeBron. The Lakers are coming off a victory against the Blazer as they will have the momentum heading into this game. LeBron is off to a terrific start with the Lakers he is averaging 27.8 points with the Lakers in eight games played. He will have to do a lot in the game against the Raptors he is responsible for containing Kawhi and carry the scoring load. Ingram will have to take the scoring load off LeBron after he scored 16 points against Dallas in his second game back with the team. Ingram is someone that is capable of scoring 20 plus a night with ease he just needs to trust his game. Playing against the Raptors the Lakers must be aware of the Raptors three’s because they can light up the board in a hurry. Winning back-to-back games for this Lakers squad will be a huge confidence booster for them going forward.
How Toronto Raptors & Los Angeles Lakers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Raptors are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest.
Against The Spread Selection: Toronto Raptors
My reason for the pick :
The Raptors should be able to win this game with ease because of their defense. It all depends on Kawhi health situation whether he is ready to play or not. Nevertheless, the Raptors as a unit should get the job done on the road against the Lakers.
Betting trends for Toronto Raptors:
- Raptors are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Lakers:
- Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest.