Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game. Los Angeles looks to end an 11-game road losing streak as they travel across the border to take on the Toronto Raptors. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
- Start date: 18.03.2022 at 7:30 PM
- Location: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
The Raptors are winning games consistently just at the right time. They are currently owners of the longest streak in the NBA after beating the LA Clippers 103-100 for their 5th win in a row. Prior to that they beat the Lakers as well 114-103 at Crypto.com Arena so it’s a quick turnaround for them here.
Right now they are tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 6th seed in the standings and with the Brooklyn Nets lurking behind them, winning is crucial if Toronto wants to avoid playing in the play-in tournament.
Pascal Siakam in particular has been playing really well, he has averaged 24.8 points per game over his last 10 outings and against the Lakers a couple of games ago he finished with 27 and 11 rebounds. The Raptors have covered in 6 games in a row vs Western Conference opponents and they are 6-1 SU in their last 7 vs Pacific Division teams.
Los Angeles Lakers
It’s all been going downhill for the Lakers since the all-star break. This team has won just 2 of 11 games and in both of those games it was LeBron James who carried them with 50 or more points. It’s hard to expect a 37-year old to do that consistently and it looks like the Lakers are in a lot of trouble right now.
There’s still no news on a potential Anthony Davis comeback and with the 2nd hardest schedule remaining in the regular season this team is on the brink of missing out on the play-in tournament. LA has gone 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games, against the Raptors they are just 1-13 SU in the last 14 meetings and they’ve covered just once in their last 7 road games in Canada.
To top things off James is listed as questionable here with a knee issue, while Horton-Tucker left the last game with an ankle injury and it’s unclear if he will be able to go tonight.
Toronto has dominated LA recently winning 9 of the last 10 meetings, the Lakers are probably the worst team in the NBA right now. Give me the home team to cover here all day long. Raptors to win by double-digits.
Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers Tip & Odds
Eastern Conference teams have been scoring a ton of points on the Lakers lately, which is exactly why 5 of their last 6 games vs those teams have gone over the total. The Lakers can’t defend to save their lives at the moment, over their last 3 games they are allowing 126 points per game, only 5 teams in the NBA are worse than that during the stretch.
Toronto has been scoring at a steady pace during their current win streak, in their last 3 games they are averaging 114.7 points per game. Backing the over has been very profitable in their home games this season, they’ve gone 18-14 on the O/U at the Scotiabank Arena.
They play only the 25th fastest pace in the NBA this season, but the Lakers will make up for that tonight as they rank 6th averaging 101.7 possessions per game. Toronto has the offensive firepower to match that, so I think we could be in for a high scoring game here. Raptors will score enough to push us over the total, so let’s back the points.