Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 2/6/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (33-16) at Toronto Raptors (33-17)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -2 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, PT
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The Los Angeles Clippers visit the Toronto Raptors for an ESPN showdown on Friday night from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The Los Angeles Clippers were in action on Thursday night, losing 105-94 to the Cavaliers in a game that was much more lopsided than the score may suggest. The Clippers have now lost two straight games to kick off their current five game road trip, which includes trips to Oklahoma City and Dallas following this difficult contest. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will look to establish their presence down low early in this contest, with Chris Paul potentially looking to distribute more actively coming off a 4-14 shooting performance last time out. Jamal Crawford should also look for his shot plenty and provide scoring punch for the visitors. The Clippers rank 16th in the league defensively allowing 99.7 points per game.
The Toronto Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference but the gap behind the Hawks is wide at eight games. The Raptors are 33-17 on the year with a strong 18-9 record at home. Toronto, like LA, enters this game on a two game losing streak, falling to a common recent foe in the Nets and scoring just 75 points in a loss against the Bucks. Kyle Lowry has been cold scoring in the two recent losses, but he's still active with assists averaging 6.6 over his last five games. The Raptors could use a big scoring performance out of DeMar DeRozan, who eclipsed 20 points once with 26 points over the last five games. The Raptors have struggled defensively on the year ranking 22nd while allowing 101.1 points per game.
I see the offenses ruling the day in this one in an uptempo battle with the Clippers coming off a back-to-back and the Raptors not excelling defensively on the season. The ESPN spotlight should only help the offensive output in this spot.