Toronto Raptors vs. San Antonio Spurs Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/10/13
San Antonio Spurs (15-4) at Toronto Raptors (7-12)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +7 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs look to rebound from a rare loss when they take on the Toronto Raptors tonight.
Following a 13-1 start to the season, the Spurs have cooled off lately with three losses in their last five outings, including a 111-100 loss to the league-leading Pacers on Saturday. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 18 points, Manu Ginobili added 16, while Tony Parker had just 13 as the Spurs led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter, before the Pacers' starters closed the half on a 30-18 run to send the Spurs to just their second loss at home so far. The biggest disparity in the game was the Spur's inability to get to the line, as they shot just five for six from the charity stripe compared to 26 of 28 for the Pacers and that's a strong indicator of the Spurs' lack of aggression, but I don't expect that trend to continue for too long.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors will have to play without Rudy Gay now that he's been traded to the Kings. Their first test came against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers and things could not have gone much better. Kyle Lowry led the way with 23 points and eight assists, while DeMar DeRozan added 26 points, but it was Amir Johnson's career-high 32 points which was the real icing on the cake as the Raptors snapped a five-game skid and ruined Kobe's return. It's still unclear who will replace Gay's spot in the starting lineup, but Johnson could not have made a stronger argument on Sunday.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a double digit home loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 1- 5 ATS in their last six home games.
The Raptors were fantastic in their latest win over the Lakers, but they could not have picked a worse time to play the Spurs, who are coming off a rare double digit home loss. Add to that the fact that the Spurs have won the last five meetings overall and I can't see anything but a comfortable Spurs victory on the road here.