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March 8, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

24-38TEAM RECORD31-31

STAPLES Center will feature Lakers vs. Raptors action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

Supporters of the Raptors have seen them go 24-38 and 31-30-1 ATS so far this season, while the Lakers are at 31-31 and 25-37 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Lakers are 33-28-1, while the Raptors are 30-32.

View Toronto vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
For bettors going with the Lakers in this one, they were listed earlier as 7-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 208 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Lakers, currently No. 10 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Raptors, who rate No. 24 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 101-99 victory for the Lakers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 102.4 PPG, against a Raptors defense that ranks No. 18 at 98.8 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 46.1% so far, more than the Raptors shooters have achieved on the year, 44.2% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Raptors own the league's No. 22-rated mark, allowing 102.4 points per game when playing on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring on their home court.

The Raptors were a 98-71 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Suns. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (169) made winners of UNDER bettors. The battle between the Raptors and Suns didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Phoenix was handed a 98-71 defeat on Wednesday at US Airways Center.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 108-102 result against the Hornets on March 6. The Lakers covered in that game as a 2-point favorite, while the 210 combined points took the game OVER the total. Los Angeles got 42 points from Kobe Bryant en route to a 108-102 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday at New Orleans Arena.

Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing Phoenix are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 6-4
After playing New Orleans are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Raptors at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Toronto's last 10 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Toronto's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 9 of the LA Lakers last 10 games when playing Toronto
LA Lakers are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games at home
LA Lakers are 17-4 SU in their last 21 games when playing Toronto

Next up:
Toronto home to Cleveland, Sunday, March 10
LA Lakers home to Chicago, Sunday, March 10