Los Angeles Clippers at Toronto Raptors - 12/31/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Clippers at Toronto Raptors - 12/31/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors (14-17) vs Los Angeles Clippers (18-17)

Game Info: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Raptors -4 -- Over/Under: 209 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena. The Los Angeles Clippers need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Toronto Raptors look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.

The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 105 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 104.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 24.7 points and 7.1 rebounds, while Reggie Jackson is averaging 17.2 points and 4.2 assists. Marcus Morris Sr. is the third double-digit scorer and Luke Kennard is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game.

The Toronto Raptors are averaging 106.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Fred VanVleet is averaging 20.1 points and 6.7 assists, while Pascal Siakam is averaging 19.6 points and 7.5 rebounds. OG Anunoby is the third double-digit scorer and Gary Trent Jr. is grabbing 3 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.

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The Clippers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 Friday games. The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Clippers last 6 overall. The over is 5-0 in Raptors last 5 overall. The Clippers are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Toronto.

The Los Angeles Clippers continue to struggle offensively with a lot of their top players out, as they're shooting just 43 percent from the field in their last five games. The Toronto Raptors have quietly found some recent success as they get a lot of their key players back in the mix, and they play their best ball at home. The Raptors also win by an average of 4.2 points in the favorite role. This is a tough spot for the banged up Clippers. Give me the Raptors and reasonable chalk. 

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Randy’s Pick Toronto Raptors -4

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