The Toronto Raptors (32-35) wrap up a 5-game road trip against Los Angeles Lakers (32-34) Friday at Crypto.com Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Raptors vs. Lakers odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Raptors failed to cover the spread as 2.5-point underdogs Wednesday in a 108-100 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers. Toronto was outscored 59-51 in the 2nd half and has lost back-to-back games for the 1st time since Feb. 1.
The Lakers covered as 1.5-point underdogs Tuesday in a 112-103 loss vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. C Anthony Davis finished with 30 points and 22 rebounds, both game-highs, as Los Angeles improved to 3-1 in its last 4 games without F LeBron James (foot).
Lakers G D’Angelo Russell (ankle) is expected to return from a 6-game absence Friday.
This is the 2nd meeting this season between these teams. Toronto covered as a 12.5-point home favorite 126-113 as the Over (228) cashed Dec. 7.
Raptors at Lakers odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:35 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Raptors -105 (bet $105 to win $100) | Lakers -115 (bet $115 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Raptors -1.5 (+100) | Lakers +1.5 (-120)
- Over/Under (O/U): 224.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Raptors at Lakers key injuries
- C Anthony Davis (foot) probable
- F LeBron James (foot) out
- G D’Angelo Russell (ankle) probable
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Raptors at Lakers picks and predictions
Raptors 116, Lakers 114
BET RAPTORS (-105).
Toronto has not lost 3 straight games since Jan. 17-21 when it dropped a 106-104 decision to the Boston Celtics (the favorites to win the NBA Finals). The Raptors have won 3 of the last 4 meetings vs. the Lakers and should come out extra motivated after an emotional loss last time out at the Clippers that ended with G Fred VanVleet criticizing an official and being fined $30,000.
The Lakers should feel content after winning 3 of their last 4 games without James and may be due for a letdown after going on a 27-12 run to end the 4th quarter last time out vs. the Grizzlies.
There is no need to bet on this spread when the Raptors are getting a good price on the moneyline. Bet Toronto straight up and/or the total instead.
BET OVER 224.5 (-110).
The Over is 11-5 in Toronto’s last 16 road games vs. teams with a winning record at home and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these teams. Look for the Raptors’ offense to bounce back and help the Over connect Friday after scoring just 100 points last time out.
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