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