I was correct on my last Raptors free betting pick as the Bulls (-2) took care of business 116-103 at Toronto on Wednesday. I am now 29-29 in Raptors free betting picks. Tonight the 42-30 Toronto Raptors host the 19-51 Los Angeles Lakers.
(19-51) Los Angeles Lakers @ (42-30) Toronto Raptors
Probable starting line-ups:
Los Angeles – PG – Jeremy Lin SG – Jordan Clarkson C – Tarik Black SF – Wesley Johnson PF – Ryan Kelly
Toronto – PG – Greivis Vasquez SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Terrence Ross PF – Amir Johnson
Los Angeles – PPG – Kobe Bryant 22.3 RPG – Jordan Hill 8.0 APG – Kobe Bryant 5.6
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 19.4 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.8 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.9
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Los Angeles – PF – 99.0 (17th) PA – 104.7 (28th)
Toronto – PF – 104.3 (4th) PA – 101.5 (23rd)
The Los Angeles Lakers have won 2 of their last 3 games. On Wednesday they held on for a 101-99 overtime victory at Minnesota. Shooting guard Jordan Clarkson led the way with 20 points on 6 of 16 shooting in 38 minutes. He was 8 of 8 from the free throw line. He also had 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Point guard Jeremy Lin netted 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting in 29 minutes. He was 6 of 6 from the free throw line. he also had 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Power forward Ryan Kelly and Center Tarik Black each contributed 11 points apiece. Kelly was 4 of 13 from the field in 37 minutes. He also had 8 rebounds. Black was 5 of 6 from the field in 30 minutes. He also had 7 rebounds. The team shot 42.4% from the field, 23.1% from the 3 point line (6-26), and 94.4% from the free throw line (17-18). They out-rebounded their opposition 48-40. The Lakers took a 7 point lead in to the 4th quarter but were outscored 24-17 and thus forced to overtime. Los Angeles is 8-27 on the road this season. Tonight is the 3rd game of a 5 game road trip. Their next game is Sunday at the Brooklyn Nets.
The Toronto Raptors have lost 3 of their last 4 games. On Wednesday they were downed 116-103 at home versus the Chicago Bulls. Point guard Greivis Vasquez led the team in scoring with 22 points on 7 of 15 shooting in 31 minutes. He was 7 of 15 from the 3 point line. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan netted 20 points on 7 of 19 shooting in 39 minutes. He was 6 of 6 from the free throw line. He also had 5 assists. Backup shooting guard Louis Williams contributed with 18 points on 8 of 13 shooting in 24 minutes off the bench. Small forward Terrence Ross chipped in with 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting in 36 minutes. He was 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. Center Jonas Valanciunas scored 8 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. The team shot 47% from the field, 42.9% from the 3 point line (9-21), and 84.2% from the free throw line (16-19). They out-rebounded their opposition 35-31. The Raptors took a 5 point lead in to the 4th but were outscored 39-21 in the final period. Toronto is 24-13 at home this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a 3 game home stand. Their next game is Monday at home versus the Houston Rockets.
Los Angeles held on for a 129-122 overtime home victory versus Toronto in their first meeting this season. The Lakers have won the last 2 meetings with the Raptors. Tonight is the final meeting of the season between the 2 teams.
The Lakers are continuing to just play the string out to get to the off-season to try to re-load with a new roster next season. The Raptors have fallen to a game and a half behind the Bulls for the 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors need to get this win against an inferior opponent. Take the Raptors -8 (1.86) (Bet365)
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