Clippers vs. Raptors - 12/27/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (22-7) at Los Angeles Clippers (20-10)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -5 -- Over/Under: 213 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN-, FSW2
The Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers play Saturday afternoon at the STAPLES Center.
The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last seven games and play for the first time since Monday. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 108.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting and are allowing 100.1 points on 46 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry is averaging 20 points and 7.7 assists while Louis Williams is averaging 14.6 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.8 rebounds and Terrence Ross is shooting 44.1 percent from the field. The Toronto Raptors remain the best team in the East and a lot of it has to do with an offense that’s shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from deep in their last five games. The Raptors are the second-best offensive team in the league and has won seven of its last 10 games when topping 100 points. Landry Fields is questionable with a head injury.
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The Los Angeles Clippers have split their last eight games and are coming off a big Christmas win over Golden State. On the season, the Clippers are averaging 106.5 points on 47.3 percent shooting and are allowing 100.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 22.9 points and eight rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 18.3 points and 9.5 assists. Jamal Crawford is shooting 41.6 percent from the field and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers have to improve their defense that’s allowing 50.3 percent shooting in their last five games if they want to win consistently. With the Clippers offensive firepower, they’ve won 10 straight games when allowing less than 100 points. The Clips are coming off a game where they held the Warriors to 42.5 percent shooting.
The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Clippers are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Raptors have had all this time off and the Clippers may be due for a letdown after a big win over the Warriors. However you want to slice it, I can't leave this many points on the table with one of the best teams in the league.