Toronto Raptors (28-11) at San Antonio Spurs (21-17)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 3, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -1.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5
The Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs meet Thursday in NBA action at the AT&T Center.
The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 113.1 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 45 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 27.3 points and 8.2 rebounds while Serge Ibaka is averaging 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. Pascal Siakam is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 9.8 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have lost four of their last five road games.
The San Antonio Spurs look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 111.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.9 points and 6.3 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 19.8 points and nine rebounds. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Bryn Forbes is dishing 2.4 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 82.3 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have won nine of their last 10 home games.
The Raptors are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spurs are 24-8 ATS in their last 32 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in San Antonio and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Spurs last 8 home games. The over is 7-2 in Raptors last 9 Thursday games.
The Toronto Raptors are falling apart due to these injuries, as they're shooting 40.9 percent from the field and are being outscored by eight points in their last five games. The Raptors have also lost four of their last five road games. The San Antonio Spurs are finally starting to put things together, as the offense has come to life and they're now outscoring teams by 7.7 points at home this season. This is also a clear motivational game for DeRozan, and you know his new teammates will be eager to help him stick it to his former team. Also, the home team has won eight of the last nine meetings between the Raptors and Spurs. I'll lay the bucket with the Spurs, as the Raptors are shaky without a healthy Lowry in the lineup.