San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors – NBA April 14

7:30 p.m. ET – San Antonio (-6) at Toronto O/U: 222

The 26-26 Spurs travel to Tampa Bay on Wednesday night to take on the 21-34 Raptors, who haven’t seemed to enjoy playing their “home games” outside of Toronto this season. San Antonio has won two games in a row and is right on the edge of the Western Conference playoff picture, defeating the Magic 120-97 in Orlando on Monday. Toronto has lost two games in a row, most recently falling 108-103 at home to the Hawks on Tuesday night. These two teams met back on Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, in a game where former Raptor Demar Derozan poured in 27 points to lead the Spurs to a 119-114 win.

These teams will look very different in this matchup, with some players no longer around on their rosters and many sitting due to injury and/or rest.

San Antonio Spurs LogoSan Antonio is led by Derozan, the small forward who averages 21.2 points per game, while guards Dejounte Murray and Derrick White have emerged on the scene this season as quality NBA starters. The Spurs are without big man LaMarcus Aldridge.

Aldridge asked to be released in March and since has signed with Brooklyn, but they have seemed to hit their stride once he left the team.

Toronto Raptors LogoToronto will need a big night from their big man, Pascal Siakam, who leads the team with 20.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Siakam will be without much help at all, however, as guards Kyle Lowry, Gary Trent Jr., and Fred VanVleet will all be on the sidelines Wednesday night. Malachi Flynn will be the starting point guard for this matchup.

Flynn is coming off a career-high 22 points on Tuesday against Atlanta. Flynn went 6-of-13 from three-point range in that one, and the Raptors will need a similar outburst if they hope to upset the Spurs.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
San Antonio Spurs -6 (-110) -225 O 222 (-110)
Toronto Raptors +6 (-110) +185 U 222 (-110)

Toronto is the Raptors’ home, not Tampa Bay, and their struggles at “home” this season prove that.

Please Note:
The Raptors are 10-16 against the spread at home this season, losing 15 of those games outright. Meanwhile, San Antonio is 16-7 against the spread on the road this season, so this matchup is similar to that of unstoppable force meets extremely easily movable object. Toronto has only covered two of its last 10 games. The injury-riddled Raptors appear to  have just mailed it in on this season as they have fallen completely out of the playoff picture.

Back the Spurs to help the Raptors’ tanking process stay on course with a double-digit win over Toronto in Tampa on Wednesday night.

The Bet
San Antonio -6

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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Joe Menzer / Author

Joe is an award-winning writer and editor who has covered the NBA, NFL, NASCAR, golf, various collegiate athletics and other sports for newspapers, Turner Sports, Fox Sports and ESPN. He has been on the beat for seven Super Bowls, six Daytona 500s and numerous NBA playoff series and All-Star Games. He once was dispatched to Rome, Italy to spend time with an NBA draft choice who opted to play overseas, after which he produced an award-winning series of stories. He also is passionate about fantasy sports and breaking down games in ways that even novice gamblers can use to make their most intelligent wagering decisions.

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