The Raptors have played well of late and could give the Lakers a test in this basketball betting contest.
NBA betting trends don’t favor the Raptors in this game though. The Lakers have won eight of the last ten in this series and they are 5-3-2 against the NBA betting odds. Since they are in different conferences the teams don’t play that often. It has been almost a year since their last meeting which the Lakers won 115-107 at Toronto in basketball betting. The Lakers have actually won three of the last five games in Toronto. The last four games in this series have all gone over the NBA betting total.
This is the third game of a very long eight-game road trip for the Lakers. While Los Angeles continues to win games straight up, they don’t always cover the basketball betting odds. Normally with the Lakers you get a little bit better value on the road against the basketball betting point spread but this season the Lakers actually have a wining record laying points at home but a losing record on the road. That may not continue since the Lakers have played the fewest number of road games in the league so far this season. Los Angeles is one of just a few teams in the league that can boast an offense and a defense that ranks in the Top 10 in the league. It is no wonder they are the favorites in NBA betting to defend their NBA title.
Toronto is right around the .500 mark this season, but hey, in the Eastern Conference that will get you into the playoffs. The Raptors have been decent at home this season vs. the NBA betting odds. They usually win with offense as they are in the top 10 in the league this season. The problem is a defense that is terrible. They could have a hard time containing Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in this NBA betting contest. Even though they have a good offense and a poor defense, the Raptors have been going under the total more often than not at home. Whether or not that continues is up for debate since Chris Bosh continues to play at an All-Star level.