Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Clippers NBA Pick – March 16

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of action throughout March 16. Twelve games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Toronto Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:30 PM Eastern time.

Toronto has earned a record of 38-30 throughout this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Eastern Conference. The Raptors have won four games in a row and will look to keep it going in this one. Toronto is one game back on the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors will look for a fast start on the road in this one.

The Clippers have put up a record of 36-35 so far this season, which has them in eighth place of the Western Conference. Los Angeles is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost four of their last six. The Clippers are four and a half games back on the seventh seed. Los Angeles will look for a big win in this one at home.

These two teams are currently sitting in play-in spots in their respective Conference’s and will look for a big win in this one. The Raptors are a bit more comfortable and will look to move into the top six with a win. Los Angeles will look to bounce back as they try to finish this season strong. If either team can grab a big win in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Toronto Raptors -2 ½ (-115) Over 218 (-110)
Los Angeles Clippers +2 ½ (-105) Under 218 (-110)

 

Team Data Toronto Raptors Los Angeles Clippers
Overall Record 38-30 36-35
Away/ Home Record 21-15 20-14
PPG 108.9 107.0
PPG Away/ Home 109.1 108.8
PAPG 107.3 107.8
PAPG Away/ Home 108.6 107.9

Betting Trends

Toronto Raptors

  • 37-30 ATS this season
  • 20-15 ATS as a favorite
  • 22-14 ATS in road games
  • 4-4 ATS in March
  • 6-1 ATS against Pacific division
  • 14-10 ATS after a non-Conference game
  • 14-11 ATS in non-Conference games
  • 17-15 ATS after allowing 105 points or less
  • 8-11 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 6-9 ATS after three or more straight road games
  • 23-12 ATS against team with a winning record

Los Angeles Clippers

  • 34-36 ATS this season
  • 18-16 ATS as an underdog
  • 15-19 ATS in home games
  • 5-3 ATS in March
  • 3-5 ATS against Atlantic division
  • 13-11 ATS after a non-Conference game
  • 12-13 ATS in non-Conference games
  • 5-4 ATS after three or more straight road games
  • 11-15 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up once this season on December 31 in Toronto. Terence Mann scored 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Marcus Morris put up 20 points. It was not enough for the Clippers. Fred VanVleet dropped 31 points and 9 assists. Pascal Siakam added 25 points and 19 rebounds. The Raptors earned a 116-108 win in those games.

Field Goal Shooting

The Raptors have struggled a bit shooting the ball on the season. Toronto has made 44.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 26th in the league. The Raptors have shot 35.2 percent from deep, which is 14th in the NBA. Toronto has drained 75.4 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 24th in the league this season.

Los Angeles has been a bit better shooting the ball this season. The Clippers have been shooting 45.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is 22nd in the NBA. Los Angeles has made 36.6 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 5th in the league. The Clippers have sunk 78.5 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 10th in the NBA.

The Clippers have been a bit better shooting the ball and have been better on defense. Los Angeles has held their opponents to a 44.8 percent from the field, which is 7th in the league. Toronto has allowed opposing teams to shoot 46.2 percent from the field, which is 18th in the NBA. Both teams will look for their defenses to step up early in this one.

Top Performers

Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet have been the leaders for Toronto this season. Siakam has averaged 21.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. VanVleet is averaging 21.1 points and 6.8 assists per game. Gary Trent Jr. has averaged 18.3 points per game. Scottie Barnes is averaging 15.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game to round out the lineup.

Reggie Jackson has stepped up for the Clippers with all their injuries. Jackson is averaging 17 points and 4.8 assists per game. Marcus Morris has averaged 16.1 points, while Luke Kennard is averaging 11.9 points per game. Terence Mann has averaged 10.5 points per game. Ivica Zubac rounds out the lineup, averaging 10.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

These two teams have been led by their stars throughout this season. The Raptors will look for their top guys to step up early in this one, while Los Angeles will look for their depth to earn the win. Both teams will look for an early lead in this one. If either team can have their stars step up for an early lead, it could be enough to lead them to the win.

Pick Overview

The Clippers have had some issues with injuries throughout this season, but have continued to find ways to win. The Raptors have been strong throughout this season, but I think they will struggle on the road in this one. Toronto has won four straight road games and I think they will look this one. If Los Angeles can come out quickly, it could be enough for the win.

BetOnline has the Raptors listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Toronto on Wednesday night. I think that this line should be a bit closer to even with the Raptors on the road. Los Angeles has struggled a bit as of late, but I think they can bounce back with a strong defensive performance. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on the Clippers.

The Bet
Los Angeles Clippers +2.5
-105
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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