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Lakers face Raptors: NBA odds preview

Los Angeles LakersToronto Raptors
Jan 20, 1:00 PM | Air Canada Centre

Los Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors Odds

17-22TEAM RECORD14-26

The Raptors will try to cover the spread at Air Canada Centre on Sunday when they get a visit from the Lakers in basketball action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Raptors are 14-26 so far on the season, and 20-19-1 ATS vs. the number. The Lakers, meanwhile, are 17-22 and 16-23 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Toronto go 21-19 and the Lakers go 20-18-1 on the totals.

View LA Lakers vs Toronto Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
For bettors going with the Raptors in this one, they were listed earlier as 4-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 206 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 23-rated Raptors and the No. 10-ranked Lakers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 102-98 result in favor of the Lakers.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Toronto's No. 28-rated squad against Los Angeles's No. 3-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Toronto rates No. 9 in the league with 7.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 3 with 9 per outing.

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 30-rated defense on the road, giving up 106.9 points per game. Toronto, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 99-90 loser at home against the Heat. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (189) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Los Angeles got 22 points from Kobe Bryant but lost anyway 99-90 against the Heat on Thursday at STAPLES Center.

Toronto lost its last outing, a 108-101 result against the 76ers on January 18. The Raptors failed to cover in that game as a 4-point underdog, while the 209 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Raptors endured a 108-101 loss at the hands of the 76ers on Friday, despite an 18 -point effort from Ed Davis at Wells Fargo Center.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Chicago are 7-3
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

A few Lakers at Raptors trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 8 of the LA Lakers last 9 games when playing Toronto
LA Lakers are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto's last 9 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Toronto's last 13 games at home

Next up:
LA Lakers at Chicago, Monday, January 21
Toronto at Miami, Wednesday, January 23