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Raptors vs. Lakers: Los Angeles -465 Favorites After Injuries to Lowry and Ibaka

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in NBA Basketball

Updated Apr 7, 2020 · 3:45 PM PDT

Paskal Siakam and Marc Gasol
With injuries to Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, Paskal Siakam and Marc Gasol will be leading the Raptors against the Lakers Sunday night. Photo by Chensiyuan (Wiki Commons).
  • The LA Lakers and Toronto Raptors will meet on Sunday evening at Staples Center
  • Rajon Rondo will be aiming to make season debut for Lakers
  • Get the odds, our pick, and all the info you need to bet the game below

LeBron James and the red-hot LA Lakers welcome the reigning NBA Champions to the Staples Center (Sunday Nov 11, 9:30pm ET) looking for their eighth straight win since losing their season opener. The Lakers are currently 7-1, leading the Western Conference. Toronto is second in the East with a 6-2 record.

This will be the first time these two teams meet this season. The Raps will then take on the Clippers the following night, facing off against ex-star player Kawhi Leonard, who led Toronto to their first-ever title in 2019.

Considering the injuries to two of Toronto’s most productive players and LA’s hot streak, the latest Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers odds make LA heavy favorites at -465.

Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Toronto Raptors +10.5 (-110) +390 O 215 (-108)
Los Angeles Lakers -10.5 (-110) -465 U 215 (-112)

Odds taken Nov. 9

Relying on Pascal Siakam

The Raptors are missing both Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, who will be out for at least a few weeks after suffering injuries in Toronto’s win over the Pelicans on Friday night in New Orleans. Missing their starting guard in Lowry and big man Ibaka could hurt Toronto, but it will open up more opportunities for bench players like Norman Powell, who will have a more advanced role for the time being. Powell immediately took advantage of more minutes, putting up 18 points in Friday night’s win.

Pascal Siakam is one player who has been extremely impressive for the Raptors this year, picking up where he left off last season. the 6-foot-9 forward is turning into Toronto’s star, averaging 27.9 points per game, which is seventh in the NBA. The 25-year old came up big in Friday’s win over New Orleans, dropping a season-high 44 points. Siakam is shooting over 50% from the field and over 40% from three-point range this season. So far, he’s averaging more than 10 points more per contest compared to last season. With Lowry out, Siakam is going to be Toronto’s main source of scoring.

AD, James Leading the Way for the Lakeshow

The Lakers have been firing on all cylinders this year and are proving why they’re one of the favorites to win an NBA title this season. Despite people saying LeBron James is washed up, the King has been showing out this season, averaging 26 points, 7.8 rebounds, and an NBA-leading 10.5 assists per game. Anthony Davis has also looked the part this year, averaging 26.5 points per night and an impressive three blocks per contest. LA leads the NBA with 8.0 blocks per game and is also second in the league with a 46.8 field goal percentage. They also have the best defensive rating in the NBA at 98.5.

The combination of LeBron and AD has been basically impossible for any team to stop. Together, they’re averaging close to 53 points a night, which is almost half of LA’s 109 points per game. If Kyle Kuzma can get back to 100 percent and put up consistent numbers like he did last year, it’s going to give the Lakers another legitimate scoring threat and make them even better. Point guard Rajon Rondo is expected to make his season debut on Sunday after missing the first eight games due to a right calf injury.

Lakers Are Best Bet

Taking into account Toronto’s injuries and LA’s impressive start to the season, the Lakers are a safe bet in this contest on Sunday night, especially being at home at the Staples Center. It shouldn’t be a blowout, but LeBron and Anthony Davis will prove to be too much for the Raptors.

Pick: Los Angeles Lakers (-465), Under 215 (-112)

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