Clippers vs Raptors Prediction NBA Picks 1/26/24

Toronto Raptors (16-28) vs Los Angeles Clippers (27-14)

Game Info: Friday, January 26, 2024 at 7:30 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Raptors +7.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Raptors play host to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Scotiabank Arena on Friday night. Here’s a Clippers vs Raptors Prediction.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have been in great shape as they've won 11 of their last 13 games overall and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after blowing past the Lakers in a 127-116 home win on Tuesday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with a triple-double of 25 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists, James Harden added 23 points with 10 assists while Paul George, Norman Powell and Terance Mann scored 17 points apiece. As a team, the Clippers shot a sizzling 59 percent from the field and 14 of 27 from the 3-point line as they set the tone early and took control with 77 points in the first half to build a 16-point lead, which turned out to be more than enough to hold off the Lakers who were playing without LeBron James. The Clippers will take on the Celtics and Cavs after this game.

Los Angeles Clippers Player Facts

  • Paul George ranks 1st amongst qualified Forwards for FT% (91.1%) this season.
  • Kawhi Leonard ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.7) this season.

Toronto Raptors

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in a real slump as they've lost seven of their last eight games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a three-game skid after getting beaten by the severely depleted Grizzlies in a 108-100 loss on Monday. RJ Barrett led the team with 29 points on 12 of 18 shooting, Scottie Barnes added 22 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists while Thaddeus Young chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 44 percent from the field and eight of 23 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep pace right from the start, falling behind by as many as 19 points in a game in which they never led. Immanuel Quickley had a rough game as he scored just eight points on three of 13 shooting with four turnovers.

Toronto Raptors Player Facts

  • Gary Trent Jr. ranks T12th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for 3P% (41.7%) this season.
  • RJ Barrett ranks 48th amongst qualified players for points per game (19.1) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Raptors rank 2nd in the league for assists per game this season (29.6).
  • The Raptors rank 29th in the league for free throw percentage this season (74.0%).
  • The Clippers rank 1st in the league for three-point percentage this season (40.1%).
  • The Clippers rank 1st in the league for Q4 win percentage this season (59.5%).

Clippers vs Raptors Prediction

The Clippers are still missing Ivica Zubac with a calf strain, while the Raptors are still without the injured Jakob Poeltl and Immanuel Quickley. This is a classic case of two teams headed in opposite directions with the Clippers playing their best basketball of the season to win 11 of their past 13 games, while the Raptors are mired in their worst slump of the season and just lost to a Grizzlies team missing almost their entire starting lineup. The line is reasonable for this one, so I'm just going to keep it simple and take the Clippers to win and cover again.

Peter’s Pick Los Angeles -7.5

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