I was incorrect on my last Raptors free prediction as the Thunder (-6) did grab the victory but only by 4, 108-104, at home versus the Raptors on Sunday. I am now 22-27 Raptors free predictions. Tonight the 38-25 Toronto Raptors travel to San Antonio to square off with the 39-23 Spurs.
(38-25) Toronto Raptors @ (39-23) San Antonio Spurs
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Terrence Ross PF – Amir Johnson
San Antonio – PG – Tony Parker SG – Danny Green C – Tiago Splitter SF – Kawhi Leonard PF – Tim Duncan
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 18.8 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.6 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.9
San Antonio – PPG – Kawhi Leonard 15.5 RPG – Tim Duncan 9.5 APG – Tony Parker 4.8
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 104.4 (5th) PA – 101.0 (22nd)
San Antonio – PF – 101.3 (11th) PA – 97.2 (8th)
The Toronto Raptors have lost 3 in a row and 8 of their last 9 games. On Sunday they were downed 108-104 at Oklahoma City. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 24 points on 11 of 22 shooting in 36 minutes. He also had 9 assists and 4 rebounds. Small forward Terrence Ross netted 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting in 26 minutes. He was 6 of 9 from the 3 point line. He also had 4 rebounds. Point guard Kyle Lowry contributed with 14 points and 5 assists. He was 5 of 15 from the field in 41 minutes. Shooting guard Louis Williams came off the bench to score 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting in 22 minutes. Center Jonas Valanciunas and point guard Greivis Vasquez each chipped in with 10 points. Valanciunas was 4 of 11 from the field in 30 minutes. He also had 5 rebounds. The team shot 42.9% from the field, 40.7% from the 3 point line (11-27), and 100% from the free throw line (9-9). The Raptors were pounded on the glass as they were out-rebounded 49-33. They were out-scored 28-18 in the 3rd quarter. Toronto is 17-14 on the road this season. Tonight is the final game of a 3 game road trip. Their next game is Friday at home versus the Miami Heat.
The San Antonio Spurs have won 5 straight games. On Sunday they grabbed a 116-105 home win versus the Chicago Bulls. Point guard Tony Parker led the way with 32 points on 13 of 19 shooting in 30 minutes. He also had 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. He was 5 of 8 from the free throw line. Small forward Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. He was 9 of 20 from the field in 39 minutes. He also had 3 steals. Shooting guard Manu Ginobili netted 16 points on 5 of 8 shooting in 25 minutes. He was 5 of 6 from the free throw line. He also had 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. Point guard Patty Mills had 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting in 16 minutes off the bench. Shooting guard Danny Green contributed with 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting in 25 minutes. He was 3 of 6 from the 3 point line. The team shot 48.9% from the field, 40.9% from the 3 point line (9-22), and 79.2% from the free throw line (19-24). The Spurs were out-rebounded 44-35. The team took an 18 point lead in to halftime. San Antonio is 23-7 at home this season. Tonight is the 4th game of a 6 game home stand. Their next game is Thursday at home versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Toronto was victorious 87-82 at home in their first meeting this season versus San Antonio. The Spurs have won their last 8 meetings with the Raptors. Tonight is the final meeting of the season between the 2 teams.
The Raptors continue to struggle and it’s coming at the wrong time as they are in the middle of a tough stretch of games against teams like the Cavs (a few games ago), the Thunder (last game), the Spurs (tonight), and the Blazers (next Sunday). The Spurs are starting to look like the team that’s extremely tough to beat in a 7 game series in the playoffs. I don’t think the Raptors (with the way they’ve looked lately) will be able to hang with the Spurs in San Antonio. The Spurs will get it done by 10-12 points. Take the Spurs -7 (1.90) (Bet365)
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