Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Clippers – NBA May 4

Raptors (27-38, 11-22 road) at Clippers (43-22, 24-9 home)

  • Time: 7PM PST – 9PM CST – 10PM EST
  • Place: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • TV: TNT | TSN | SoCal | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The Toronto Raptors sit three games out of a 10-seed and a spot in the NBA play-in scenario. As we know, they have spent the year playing some games in Tampa Bay as they await clearance to return to Canada to continue operations in the off-season.

The city of Tampa and the Raptors have ingratiated themselves with each other as it has been an excellent marriage between the two for the time being. There’s still that intangible of being displaced which has played a role in the season’s record as they stand at 16-16 in Tampa Bay but the road is where they have struggled overall.

The Raptors are 2-4 over their last six and ended a three-game losing streak on Sunday night with a 121-114 win over the Lakers.

It doesn’t get any easier tonight against a seasoned Los Angeles Clippers team who is tied for third with the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference. The Clippers are smarting after losing three in a row and will be motivated to end the streak and pass the Nuggets to get back into third.

The Clippers won both meetings last season as they hold a 27-21 lead in the series and 16-8 at home.

Key Injuries

  • Toronto RaptorsChris Boucher (knee), Paul Watson (knee) – OUT, Gary Trent, Jr. (knee) – Day to Day
  • LA ClippersPatrick Beverly (hand), Amir Coffey (health and safety protocol), Serge Ibaka (back) – OUT

Trends

Raptors (29-36, ATS):

  • The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games
  • Toronto is 8-4 ATS in it’s last 12 games
  • The Raptors are 2-13 SU in their last 15 road games

Clippers (36-28-1, ATS):

  • The Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in their last 5 games
  • LAC is 7-1 SU in it’d last 8 home games

Last Time Out

Kyle Lowry had 37 points and 11 assists and Pascal Siakam netted 39 points and 13 boards as Toronto defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 121-114, on Sunday night. The Raptors’ 40-point second quarter was huge as it pushed Toronto to a 72-59 halftime lead.

Denver topped the Clippers, 110-104, at Staples Center on Sunday evening as LA shot only 43.4% from the field. Paul George had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the Clips as Rajon Rondo scored 18 points with six boards and six assists.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Raptors +9.5 (-110) +400 O 218.5 (-110)
Clippers -9.5 (-110) -500 U 218.5 (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Advantage, Toronto

Toronto Raptors LogoWhen the Raptors are healthy and players are not resting, this team can potentially beat anyone in the NBA repeated times. Kyle Lowry has picked his game back up considerably in averaging 27 points per game over his last three while making 27-of-50 field goals as 19 of those makes are triples. Lowry and Pascal Siakam were working in tandem on Sunday as they totaled 76 of the Raptors’ 121 points. Siakam is 27-of-55 over the same stretch as the experience and versatility of this tandem is still the top pairing on this team. Their output of 37 and 39 points was only the second time in team history that two players had over 35 points in the same game.

Key Raptors Stat:

OG Anunoby has 15 or more points in nine straight game which is a career best as this included a stretch of six consecutive games where he had 20 or more points. Anunoby did not play against the Lakers but he made 53% of his field goals over that six-game stretch which ended against Utah on Saturday although he had 17.

Raptors Fact:

This team is still one of the best three-ball teams in the NBA as they make 37.2% from three and their 14.7 made triples is third-best in the league. This will be a challenge for the Clips’ defense as it allows only 11.6 made threes (6th/NBA) and 36% beyond the arc (7th/NBA).

Advantage, LAC

Los Angeles Clippers LogoOn the flip side of the three-point game, the Clippers lead the league at 41.6% from the three-point line. Paul George leads the team with 157 made triples while Marcus Morris has netted 46.7% of his threes. Kawhi Leonard’s inside-outside mantra and a lack of a shut down defender on the Raptors will be the biggest issue as he makes 39.7% of his trips and shoots 56.2% from two. The Raptors defend at a 37.7% clip (27th/NBA) and the last four Toronto opponents have made 58 (14.5 per game).

Key Clippers Stat:

The three-point line on both sides of the court is ultimately the total storyline in this game as Los Angeles leads the NBA with 15 games in shooting 50% or more from distance. Watch this number throughout the game as LA is 21-3 when it makes at least 16 treys.

Clippers Fact:

Ivica Zubac continues to play a key role coming off the bench as he is tied for the fourth most double-double from the bench with seven. He has averaged 10.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in his last seven games.

Winner: Clippers 117, Raptors (+9.5) 109

The Bets
Toronto Raptors +9.5
-110
Los Angeles Clippers
-500
OVER 218.5
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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