Los Angeles tasked with subuding Toronto

Los Angeles tasked with subduing Toronto

Toronto remains in the midst of a particularly arduous road trip. But are things about to brighten up considerably for Dwane Casey’s crew?

Tonight, the Raptors (22-10) grapple with the increasingly despondent Lakers. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives the visitors odds of -400 to emerge victorious. Conversely, Los Angeles represents a +300 underdog.

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DeMar DeRozan & Co. won’t return home again until Jan. 5. Nonetheless, the NBA’s sixth-leading scorer helped power his club to a 10-4 record last month. Most recently, DeRozan racked up 24 points in a 99-91 loss to Phoenix.

Meanwhile, the Lakers (12-24) continue their free fall. After a promising start, Luke Walton’s bunch has dropped 14 of 16. Even D’Angelo Russell can’t navigate his way out of the muck. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft is shooting just 35.8 percent since Dec. 11.

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Taking into account Los Angeles’ defensive woes, it’s pretty easy to envision Toronto breaking the 110-point barrier here. But there’s one person in the purple and gold to whom the Raptors should pay special attention. Power forward Julius Randle boasts double-doubles in six of the past 18 contests, serving notice to the rest of the league that he’s serious about making that proverbial leap in Year 3.




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