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Raptors host Lakers in basketball action

Los Angeles LakersToronto Raptors
15-25January 19, 2014, 01:00 | Air Canada Centre20-18



Air Canada Centre will feature Raptors vs. Lakers action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

This season the Raptors are 20-18 overall and 23-15 ATS against the number, while the Lakers are 15-25 and 22-18 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Toronto is 19-19 on the OU, and Los Angeles is 20-18-2.

View Los Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 10-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 204 at BetOnline and other shops.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 11-rated Raptors and the No. 30-rated Lakers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 95-88 win for the Raptors on Sunday.

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Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 107-104 winner as they battled the Celtics on the road. The Lakers covered in the match as a 7-point underdog, while 211 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Lakers got a 24-point performance from Pau Gasol, who added 13 rebounds as Los Angeles ran past Boston 107-104 on Friday at TD Garden.

In their last action, Toronto was a 94-89 winner at home against the Timberwolves. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (183) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Toronto got 24 points from Kyle Lowry en route to a 94-89 victory over Minnesota on Friday at Air Canada Centre.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Toronto's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 98.66 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 29 at 105.85 PPG. The Raptors field goal percentage has averaged 43.49% so far, less than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 44.02% per game.

A few Lakers at Raptors trends to consider:
LA Lakers is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
LA Lakers is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
LA Lakers is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Toronto
LA Lakers is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games when playing Toronto
Toronto is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto's last 10 games
Toronto is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home


Next up:
Los Angeles at Chicago, Monday, January 20th
Toronto at Charlotte, Monday, January 20th

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