Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors - 11/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (13-3) at Los Angeles Lakers (3-13)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +6 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors head to STAPLES Center to battle the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.
The Toronto Raptors have been one of the best teams so far this season, but are now faced with a new challenge as they play their first game without their leading scorer who injured himself in the team's 106-102 loss against the Mavericks on Friday. Kyle Lowry picked up the slack with 25 points, while Amir Johnson added 20 and Louis Williams had 16, but the Raptors just fell painfully short once the Mavs' Monta Ellis got hot in the fourth quarter where he scored 15 of his 30. DeMar DeRozan left the game in the third quarter after he slipped and fell on a drive to the basket and injured his groin which could see him miss around four weeks.
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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers know a few things about playing without their leading scorer, but even with Kobe Bryant back on the court the Lakers couldn't avoid a fourth straight loss as they fell to the Timberwolves by 120-119 on Friday. Wesley Johnson had a nice game of 19 points while Jeremy Lin added 18 points and 11 assists, but with the Lakers down by one with just two seconds left in the game, the ball went to Kobe Bryant who missed the game-winner, his second after missing the one against the Nuggets on Sunday. With the loss, LA drops to 3-13 overall and just 1-8 at home.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 20-6-2 ATS in their last 28 games following a loss, while the Lakers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and a perfect 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Los Angeles.
The loss of DeRozan is obviously big for the Raptors, so I'm expecting a couple hiccups until he returns, but not against this Lakers team who have shown no ability to defend quality point guards all season. I'm sticking with the Raptors to win on the road by double digits.