Toronto Raptors vs. San Antonio Spurs - 1/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors vs. San Antonio Spurs - 1/19/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio Spurs (30-16) at Toronto Raptors (30-13)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -5.5 -- Over/Under: 208 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.

The San Antonio Spurs could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 101.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 97.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22.7 points and 8.5 rebounds while Kawhi Leonard is averaging 15.9 points and 2.1 assists. Paul Gasol is the third double-digit scorer and Patty Mills is dishing 2.8 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have lost four of their last six road games.

The Toronto Raptors look for a victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25.2 points and 4.1 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 13 of their last 15 home games.

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The Spurs are 11-2-2 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Spurs are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings, the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.

The San Antonio Spurs continue to look like an average team this season, especially on the road where they're being outscored by 1.6 points on the season. The injuries obviously aren't helping this squad that clearly lacks the depth. The Toronto Raptors are one of the best home teams in the league, and they're outscoring teams by 12 points on the season. The Raptors haven't beaten the Spurs since December of 2015, but this is a game where they should easily end that streak. The Spurs aren't good right now.

See Who The Experts Picked To Win This One

Randy’s Pick Toronto Raptors -5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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