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Raptors Ring in the New Year as Road Favorites vs Lakers

Despite being on a three-game ATS slide, the Toronto Raptors remain the NBA’s best bet as their West Coast road trip continues tonight in LA. They’ll take on a Lakers squad that’s won just two of their last 16 games with just five covers during that span. Toronto backers have been hitting the jackpot when their team is on the road as they’ve gone 11-5 SU and ATS in road games so far this season.

Shark Bites
  • Toronto is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games when playing the Lakers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the Lakers' last five games.
  • The Raptors destroyed the Lakers 113-80 a month ago.

The Raps opened the day as a -8.5 point favorite which is a situation they’ve struggled in since Christmas as they were unable to cover spreads in this same range as a road fave vs both Portland and Phoenix. However, they’ve been a money bet in road games vs the Lakers in recent seasons, posting a 7-2 ATS record in their nine games in that spot.

The Lakers are struggling at home, going a brutal 4-8-1 ATS in their last 13 games at Staples Center. They are scoring at a decent rate in home games, putting up an average of 108 points per game, which is eight more points than they’re averaging on the road. Their defense has been falling asleep in home games though, allowing 108.8 PPG, which is the fourth-worst in the association.

The total for the game opened on the high-end at 218. These teams have topped that mark in just three of their last 10 games against each other.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Los Angeles Lakers installed as 7-point underdogs in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 215.5.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 2-0 win for the Lakers on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Raptors will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 20-11-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Los Angeles Lakers are 16-19-1 ATS. Toronto is 21-11 against the points scored total betting line, while Los Angeles is 20-16 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Toronto injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 3-rated Toronto Raptors taking on the No. 28-rated Los Angeles Lakers in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 19-ranked offense (103.94 PPG) against a Toronto Raptors defense that ranks No. 10 at 102.91 PPG. The Los Angeles Lakers have averaged 44.66% from the field per game, less than the Toronto Raptors have managed so far this NBA season (47% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points in a failed effort to lead the Raptors to victory (they lost 99-91 to Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday).

Julius Randle scored 18 points in a failed effort to lead the Lakers to victory (they lost 101-89 to Dallas at STAPLES Center on Thursday).

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games
  • Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Toronto is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 17 of Toronto's last 25 games
  • LA Lakers is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
  • LA Lakers is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers's last 5 games
  • LA Lakers is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at San Antonio, Tuesday, January 3rd
Los Angeles home to Memphis, Tuesday, January 3rd

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