Los Angeles Clippers vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 25, 2024

The struggling Toronto Raptors come off perhaps a much-needed mini-break Friday by hosting Kawhi Leonard and the surging Los Angeles Clippers.

January 26, 2024, 7:30 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Pointspread -7.5 -110
Moneyline -350
Over / Under o +236.5
Pointspread +7.5 -110
Moneyline +260
Over / Under u +236.5

The Clippers will be favoured on the NBA odds but by how much may depend on the status of Paul George.

Clippers vs. Raptors NBA Betting Odds

The Los Angeles Clippers have never reached an NBA Finals, but that might finally change this summer if the likes of former Raptor Kawhi Leonard and fellow All-Stars Paul George and James Harden all stay healthy. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is one of the richest people alive and building the Clips their own arena to start playing in next season, so LA could still be active ahead of next month’s Trade Deadline to add around the edges because the luxury tax doesn’t matter to Ballmer. Maybe a centre to help potentially deal with Denver’s Nikola Jokic in the playoffs. Getting Harden was the big move. 

What better marketing for a new building/season-ticket holders than a defending NBA champion? Kawhi, incidentally, was set to become a free agent this summer if he chose but already has signed an extension with both George and Harden expected to follow. The title window is definitely open right now, but it’s a very limited one with the injury history and age of that superstar trio – and we didn’t even mention Russell Westbrook, who now comes off the bench.

On Jan. 10, the Clippers were 10-point home favourites against Toronto and won 126-120 thanks to outscoring the Dinos by seven in the fourth. Leonard, who agreed to his contract extension earlier that day, and George each had 29 points. Immanuel Quickley led Toronto with 25 points.

The Raptors lead the all-time series 29-26 despite having lost the past three. They are 17-10 at home. The teams have split the past 10 overall ATS. 

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers enter on a three-game winning streak and have just two losses in their past 13 as they chase the top spot in the Western Conference. Former Raptor Kawhi Leonard had only his second career triple-double in Tuesday’s 127-116 win over the Lakers with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Fellow All-Star Paul George was bothered by a left groin issue late in the game. He had 17 points. George is questionable for Friday and that’s obviously significant as he averages 23.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game – numbers that are nearly identical to what Kawhi averages. Even if George sits, don’t expect Sixth Man and another former Raptor Norman Powell to start as the team generally prefers his role as a reserve; although that the game is in Toronto as a sort of homecoming for Powell might change Coach Ty Lue’s mind. Thanks in part to Powell, the Clippers lead the NBA in three-point shooting at 40.1 per cent. They remain without starting centre Ivica Zubac due to injury. L.A. is 4-1 ATS in its past five. 

Toronto Raptors

We projected the Raptors to win by eight at home against an incredibly short-handed Memphis Grizzlies team on Monday and instead it was a 108-100 loss for the Dinos, their third in a row and seventh defeat in the past eight games. Usually high-scoring Toronto didn’t reach 30 points in any quarter and made only eight three-pointers. If not for finishing 22-for-23 from free-throw line, it wouldn’t have been that close for Toronto. RJ Barrett (29) and Scottie Barnes (22) combined for 51 points, but the other three starters just 14. Immanuel Quickley had eight points and 10 assists but will not play Friday due to a right thigh bruise that kept him out of practice Thursday. Centre Jakob Poeltl is getting close to a return from his injury absence, but it won’t be Friday. Following this game, the Raptors head out on a six-game trip, tied for their longest of the season. Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its past six games. 

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