Los Angeles Lakers at Toronto Raptors - 8/1/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Los Angeles Lakers (50-14) at Toronto Raptors (46-18)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 8:30 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +4 -- Over/Under: 215 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors meet Saturday in NBA action at The Arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for another victory after escaping their return with a win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 114.2 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.8 points and 9.4 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 25.6 points and 10.5 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Dion Waiters is grabbing three rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game.
The Toronto Raptors entered the NBA break winning six of their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 113 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 23.6 points and 7.5 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 19.7 points and 7.7 assists. Fred VanVleet is the third double-digit scorer and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.
The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The under is 4-0 in Lakers last 4 overall. The over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 overall. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and 7-18-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
The Toronto Raptors have won 10 straight meetings agains the Lakers, which includes a nine-point victory when they met back in November. However, the Lakers have a regular season game out of the way and that close, competitive game against the Clippers should be enough to get everybody on that side back in form. The juices are flowing. The Toronto Raptors had their issues in some scrimmages and they could be without Fred VanVleet for this game due to a knee injury. The Raptors are capable of winning this game outright, but I still lean Lakers and the small chalk because of what we saw against the Clippers and how they can find the second gear when needed.