Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 10/4/15 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (1-0) vs. Toronto Raptors (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Sunday October 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -1.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto Raptors play a Sunday preseason game at the Rogers Arena.
The Los Angeles Clippers are coming off a Friday win over the Denver Nuggets, 103-96. DeAndre Jordan led the way with 15 points and 12 rebounds while Chris Paul had 12 points and nine assists. Blake Griffin was the third starter with double-digit points and Josh Smith dropped 13 points off the bench. Overall, the Clippers looked pretty sharp in their first preseason game and gave their three key players 22 or more minutes of playing time. This game, the Clippers would probably want to see more from their supporting cast, which includes Austin Rivers, C.J. Wilcox and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. The Clippers are only going to take that next step if their bench steps up this season.
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The Toronto Raptors head into the season with goals to clinch a third straight playoff spot for just the second time in franchise history. The Raptors have their same main core with DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas, and they improved their starting lineup with the addition of DeMarre Carroll. The Raptors are expected to be another solid team in the East that can make a run, and signings of Luis Scola and Bismack Biyombo bolster their bench. As far as the preseason, the Toronto Raptors will keep a close eye on Delon Wright, Anthony Bennett and Norman Powell. The Raptors have a lot of potential heading into this season but still need to find a couple more guys who can help their proven starting five.
I expect to see a lot more of the Clippers backups in this contest, as the starters played quite a bit in the opening game. That's not the case for the Raptors here. Toronto should play a lot of its starters with this being its first preseason game.
Add in the home court and the travels for the Clippers, and I like the Raptors laying the bucket.