Toronto Raptors (0-1) at San Antonio Spurs (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs +1 -- Over/Under: 225 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The San Antonio Spurs play host to the Toronto Raptors at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
The Toronto Raptors will be hoping to bounce back in this game after Wednesday’s 113-99 home loss to the Pelicans. Pascal Siakam led the team with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists, Kyle Lowry added 18 points with 10 assists, Normal Powell and Chris Boucher each scored 12 points while Aron Baynes chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds. As a team, the Raptors shot 42 percent from the field and 14 of 46 from the 3-point line as they set the tone defensively to take a seven-point lead going into halftime, but they just had no way of slowing down the Pelicans in the second half where they were outscored by 63-42.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs will be feeling pretty good about themselves after starting their season with a 131-119 road win over the Grizzlies. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, Dejounte Murray added 21 points with nine assists, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points while Lonnie Walker IV and Keldon Johnson each scored 16 points. As a team, the Spurs shot 50 percent from the field and 10 of 25 from the 3-point line, but it was their defense that really set up the win as they were always in control of the contest after outscoring the Grizzlies by 36-20 in the second quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Spurs are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on two days rest, 6-1 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the Raptors are 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in San Antonio.
The Raptors will be disappointed that they were unable to beat the Pelicans on Wednesday despite a strong first half, while the Spurs will be looking to build on a solid road win. The Raptors are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 road games, but they are just 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in San Antonio. This should be a close one, but I’m sticking with the Spurs to continue their hot start to the season with a narrow win and cover here behind a big game from DeRozan who should get up for his former team.