Raptors vs. Spurs Prediction
Can Kawhi Leonard lead the Toronto Raptors to a big win when he makes his return to San Antonio tonight to face the Spurs at 8PM ET?
519 Toronto Raptors vs. 520 San Antonio Spurs
Thursday, January 3, 2019
8PM ET – AT&T Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Spurs are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -2 points against the Raptors. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 216.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 60 percent going on the Spurs at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Raptors end covers drought
The Raptors had failed to cover in four straight games before picking up a 122-116 win at home over Utah on Tuesday. Toronto is 28-11 overall, 13-7 on the road, 17-22 against the spread and 22-17 with the over.
Toronto has been solid on both sides of the ball right now. The Raptors are putting up 113.1 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field. Defensively, Toronto is holding opponents to 107.5 points per game while limiting opponents to 45 percent shooting. The Raptors will be without Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry tonight due to injury. Kawhi Leonard is leading the team with 27.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while Serge Ibaka is adding 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Spurs tough at home
The Spurs are coming off a 120-111 win at home over Boston. They have won and covered the spread in four straight home games. San Antonio is now 21-17 overall, 15-5 at home, 22-15-1 against the spread and 21-16-1 with the over.
San Antonio is putting up 111.5 points per game on offense while shooting a league-best 39.7 percent from the 3-point line. Defensively, the Spurs are giving up 109.2 points per game, while allowing opponents to shoot 46.3 percent from the field. Rudy Gay is doubtful to play tonight due to a wrist injury. DeMar DeRozan is leading the team with 22.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. LaMarcus Aldridge is adding 19.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Raptors are 0-5 against the spread in their last five road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a cover.
The Spurs are 12-3-1 against the spread in their last 16 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last six Thursday games.
This should be an interesting game for Leonard and DeRozan as they face their former teams. Both Toronto and San Antonio are without key players tonight, but the Spurs are playing a lot better right now. Toronto has been struggling over recent weeks and the team is having to rely a little too much on Leonard right now. DeRozan has more help around him and the home-court advantage.
NBA Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -2