I’m now 6-7 in Raptors picks as the Sacramento Kings (-1) were downed 117-109 by Toronto last night. Tonight the Raptors play on the road at the 5-13 Utah Jazz.
(14-4) Toronto Raptors @ (5-13) Utah Jazz
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – Greivis Vasquez C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Terrence Ross PF – Amir Johnson
Utah – Point Guard – Trey Burke Shooting Guard – Alec Burks C- Enes Kanter Small Forward – Gordon Hayward Power Forward – Derrick Favors
Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 19.6 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.6 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.9
Utah – Points Per Game – Gordon Hayward 19.6 Rebounds Per Game – Derrick Favors 8.6 Assists Per Game – Trey Burke 5.7
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 108.9 (2nd) PA – 99.4 (15th)
Utah – Points For (Per Game) – 95.9 (22nd) Points Against (Per Game) – 101.6 (21st)
The Toronto Raptors snapped their 2 game losing skid last night with a 117-109 win at Sacramento. Point guard Kyle Lowry led the team with a double-double as he scored 27 points and dished out 13 assists. He was 10 of 21 from the field in 37 minutes of action. Small forward Terrence Ross scored 20 points on 8 of 15 shooting in 30 minutes. Power forward James Johnson came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 7 rebounds. He was 9 of 13 from the field in 28 minutes. Center Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 15 points and 8 rebounds. He was 3 of 6 from the field and 9 of 10 from the foul line in 33 minutes. The team shot 50% from the field, 43.5% from the 3 point line (10-23), and 90.5% from the free throw line (19-21). In the 1st quarter and 3rd quarter combined the Raptors outscored the Kings by 16 points. Toronto is 5-2 on the road this season. Tonight is the final game of a 3 game Western Conference road trip and is also the 2nd game of a back to back. The Raptors are 2-1 in the 2nd game this season.Tonight is the 2nd game of 3 game Western Conference road trip.
The Utah Jazz have lost 6 straight games. On Monday they were defeated at home versus Denver 103-101. Small forward Gordon Hayward led the team with 25 points on 7 of 18 shooting in 39 minutes on the floor. He was 3 of 6 from the 3 point line and 8 of 8 from the foul line. Point guard Alec Burks scored 22 points on 7 of 15 shooting in 37 minutes. He was 8 of 10 from the free throw line. He also grabbed 8 rebounds. Point guard Trey Burke scored 18 points and dished out 8 assists. He was 7 of 13 from the field in 36 minutes. He was 4 of 7 from the 3 point line. Center Enes Kanter had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. The team shot 42.9% from the field, 38.9% from the 3 point line (7-18), and 73.3% from the free throw line (22-30). The Jazz out-rebounded the Nuggets 48-39. Utah is 3-6 at home this season. They have lost 4 straight home games.
Toronto was victorious 111-93 in their first meeting with Utah this season. The Raptors have won the last 3 meetings.
Although I was incorrect in picking the Kings last night something is pulling at me that’s telling me the Jazz will hang tough tonight. They have some talent, they just are young. Take the Jazz +4 (1.86) (Bet365)
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