Lakers vs. Raptors Pick
Who Oddsmakers Like: Toronto. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Raptors are a 9.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 218 points. Toronto opened as a 10-point fave, while the over-under has dropped from 220 points.
Who the Public Likes: Los Angeles. As of Sunday morning, 78 percent of public bets have sided with the visiiting Lakers.
Injury Report: Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is out indefinitely as he recovers from a knee injury. The Raptors do not have anyone listed on their injury report.
Who the Trends Like: Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings. The over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Toronto, but the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings overall.
Who We Like: The Lakers' young core has played well even in Ball's absence, winning four in a row and eight of their last 10. The current winning streak has included triumphs over a pair of teams currently in the Eastern Conference playoff picture as LA defeated the Pacers and Celtics at home. Toronto's recent history doesn't suggest a team that should be favored by quite this many points. I like the team playing the better basketball as of late and that is the Lakers.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES LAKERS +9.5