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NBA Matchup - Lakers Raptors Odds Preview

Toronto RaptorsLos Angeles Lakers
6-12December 08, 2013, 09:30 | STAPLES Center10-9

Toronto pays a visit to Los Angeles on Sunday, hoping to send the Lakers to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at STAPLES Center.

Los Angeles will face the 6-12 Raptors, who own a 7-11 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Lakers are 11-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Raptors are 11-7 favoring the OVER.

View Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

The Raptors were listed as 6-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 204.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 8-rated Raptors taking on the No. 17-rated Lakers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 93-91 win for the Lakers on Sunday.

In their last action, Toronto was a 106-97 loser on the road against the Suns. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (203) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Toronto suffered a 106-97 loss against Phoenix on Friday, getting 22 points from Amir Johnson in a losing effort at US Airways Center.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 106-100 result against the Kings on December 6. The Lakers covered in that game as a 4-point underdog, while the 206 combined points took the game OVER the total. Los Angeles earned a 106-100 victory over Sacramento on Friday, getting 19 points from Jodie Meeks at Sleep Train Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 101.32 PPG, against a Raptors defense that ranks No. 9 at 98.67 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 44.14% so far, more than the Raptors shooters have achieved on the year, 42.42% per game.

Next up:
Toronto home to San Antonio, Tuesday, December 10th
Los Angeles home to Phoenix, Tuesday, December 10th