Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 1/25/14
Los Angeles Clippers (29-15) at Toronto Raptors (21-20)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -1 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers travel to Toronto to face the up and coming Raptors on Saturday night from Air Canada Center.
Head to head, the Clippers are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Toronto while the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Raptors are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Clippers on the other had are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
Other than a recent loss the Los Angeles Lakers, the Toronto Raptors have been lights out at home since just before Christmas, winning eight of their past nine straight up and against the spread. That includes victories over Indiana, Brookly, Minnesota and most recently Dallas. Overall, the Raptors have been the premier league in the NBA when it comes to betting as they have covered the spread in 17 of their last 22 games, which just so happens to be around the same time Rudy Gay was traded to Sacramento.
The Los Angeles Clippers are currently on the tail end of their seven-game road trip, winning last night in Chicago 112-95. With the victory, the Clippers now have a winning record through the first five games of their trip, alternating wins and losses in each game. Los Angeles has now improved to 7-3 since Chris Paul went down with an injury and currently occupy the fourth spot in a tough Western Conference.
I like Toronto here for two mains reasons. One, the Raptors have looked like a completely different team since shipping Gay away and they have also been a covering machine. Two, this will be the Clippers sixth straight road game and third in four nights, so we could see some fatigue set in. Plus, if they keep alternating wins and losses on this road trip, then they should be due for a loss...
Dan’s Pick: Toronto -1
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