Toronto Raptors (2-2) at Los Angeles Lakers (2-2)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm (Darlington Raceway)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 225 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Toronto Raptors look for their first road win of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 113.5 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 103 points on 45 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.3 points and 4.5 assists while Serge Ibaka is averaging 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 6.5 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 87 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last nine road games. Jonas Valanciunas is doubtful with an ankle injury.
The Los Angeles Lakers hope for back-to-back victories to get a game above a .500 record. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 109.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging 17 points and four rebounds while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 16.8 points and three assists. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Kuzma is grabbing four rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won five of their last seven home games.
The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Raptors are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles, 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I still haven't been able to figure out the Lakers, as they win when I think they're going to get crushed, and they lose when I give them a chance to win. With that said, the Lakers have won two of their last three games and the only game they were completely outplayed was the season opener against the Clippers. The Raptors have not won on the road this season and not having Jonas Valanciunas on the court will hurt with the Lakers playing Brook Lopez, Andrew Bogut and Julius Randle. I look for the Lakers to control the glass and keep this one close even if they don't win. I'll take the points, as I hope to finally be right on a Lakers game this season.