The Lakers have lost three straight games for the first time this season and suddenly look vulnerable. The Lakers lost in NBA betting against the Raptors earlier this season in Toronto.
Basketball betting had the Lakers winning the series against the Raptors last season. This is the 28th meeting between the two teams with the Lakers leading the all-time series 21-6. The Lakers are 8-2 all-time against the Raptors at Staples Center and are winners of their last seven straight at home. In 23 career games including 19 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 28.3 points against Toronto.
Toronto was rolling along a couple of weeks ago but they have hit the wall. The Raptors have lost five of their last six and look like a team that will just struggle to hang on to a playoff spot. The Raptors may not be at full strength on Tuesday as Hedo Turkoglu is questionable. The Raptors are 4th in the league on offense but their defense is simply not very good and that spells trouble at Los Angeles.
The Lakers lost all three games on their road trip so they will be happy to get back home although it is only for one game before they head back out on another three-game road trip. Los Angeles still leads the Western Conference and they have a very good record straight up. They do not, however, have a good pointspread record. They are 15-17-12 against the basketball betting odds at home. Los Angeles is in the Top 10 in points scored and fewest points against so they are always capable of having a big game.
Taking a look at the trends we see the following:
The Raptors are 5-1 vs. the NBA betting line in their last 6 vs. the Pacific Division.
The Raptors are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Lakers are 2-5-1 in basketball betting in their last 8 vs. the Eastern Conference.
The Lakers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
The Lakers are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
14 of the last 21 Toronto road games have gone over the basketball betting total. Five of the last six Lakers games have gone under. In this series between the Raptors and Lakers, the last five games have gone over.