Lakers vs. Raptors Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Charlie Grant | Sat. Aug 01 2020, 08:08 am

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The defending champion Raptors play their first game of the NBA restart inside the Orlando bubble against LeBron James and the title favourite Lakers on Saturday night.

L.A. Lakers
52-19
AT
August 01, 2020, 8:30 PM ET
The Arena
Toronto
52-19
Pointspread -2.5 -110
Moneyline -125
Over / Under o +225

38%

Betting Action

62%

Pointspread +2.5 -110
Moneyline +105
Over / Under u +225

38%

Betting Action

62%

Toronto won the only other season meeting between the two sides way back in November 113-104.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Toronto’s success against the Purple and Gold isn’t limited to last November. The club is a perfect 10-0 straight up and against the spread in their last 10 games versus LA. The Raptors haven’t lost to the Lakers since 2014.

When we last saw the 2019 champs in action, they’d knocked off the Jazz in Utah for their fourth win in a row. The Dinos are in prime position to hold off the Celtics for the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs after the C’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

LeBron James and Co. are coming off a narrow 103-101 win over the Clippers on Thursday night. While they did win an important game in the fight for top seed in the West, the Lakers were unable to cover the spread as 4-point favourites.

NBA underdogs went 2-0 against the spread in the restart’s first two games. The Over was the main trend on the second night of the restart with all six games going over the posted total.

Los Angeles Lakers

LBJ stole the headlines in the win over the Clippers thanks to his four points in the game’s final minute, but teammate Anthony Davis was the Purple and Gold’s top performer. Davis scored 16 of his game-high 34 points at the charity stripe as the Clippers had no answer for the Lakers’ big man.

The Lakers will need more big games from Davis and James the rest of the way. The club enters the restart without backcourt options Rajon Rondo (injury) and Avery Bradley (opted out of the bubble).

Toronto Raptors

As the kids say, it’s been a minute since we last saw the Raps on the hardwood. To be precise, 144 days since the club last played a competitive NBA game.

Head coach Nick Nurse has the luxury of rotation options he was not afforded earlier in the season. Injuries dominated the storyline for most of the Raptors campaign, but all key rotation players enter the bubble healthy and ready to play.

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