San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors
|Date & Time||Friday February 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto -7.5 -- Over/Under 228
Kawhi Leonard faces his former team as the Toronto Raptors host the San Antonio Spurs at the Scotiabank Arena on Friday night.
The San Antonio Spurs have been a little streaky this season, but they were able to snap a four-game losing streak with a 108-107 win at Memphis in the last game before the All-Star break. LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with a double-double of 22 points with 11 rebounds, Patty Mills provided the spark off the bench with six 3-pointers on his way to 22 points while Rudy Gay racked up 15 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists. As a team, the Spurs shot just 41 percent from the field but they made 13 of 21 from the 3-point line and were able to lean on Aldridge who scored the team’s last seven points to get them over the line against the struggling Grizzlies. With the much-needed win, San Antonio improved to 33-26 overall and 11-19 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in great form as they’ve won seven of their last eight games and they will be gunning for an eighth straight win after taking down the Wizards in a 129-120 home win in the final game before the All-Star break. Pascal Siakam led the team with a career-high 44 points on 15 of 25 shooting, OG Anunoby added 22 points off the bench while Kyle Lowry steered the offense with 14 points and 13 assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 47 percent from the field and 16 of 38 from the 3-point line, but without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup, they couldn’t take control of the game until the third quarter where they exploded for 44 points. With the easy win, Toronto improved to 43-16 overall and 24-5 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games, 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 0-8 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Raptors are 0-6 ATS in their last six games playing on three or more days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a road record below .400.
Head to head, the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Toronto, the home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the Spurs are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
Leonard was a full participant in the All-Star game, so he’ll be looking for revenge after falling to the Spurs by 125-107 back on Jan 3. The Spurs have been hot and cold since that meeting while the Raptors have been one of the hottest teams in the league. I like the Raptors to stay hot with a narrow win in this grudge match, but the Spurs are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings and I think the points will come in handy here.