“Be careful what you wish for.” Certainly, that is an old adage from our grandmothers that Lakers fans can relate too. Indeed, the arrival of LeBron James to LA-LA Land was considered the ultimate divergence from misery for this once great franchise. Instead the arrival of King James has become more of a problem that it is worth. Toronto has had a stranglehold on the Atlantic Division since the start of the season. However, their bet on NBA value has suffered a significant drop. Red ink has flowed freely on both the Lakers and Raptors in recent weeks.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors
Date and Time: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
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Despite their lead of the Atlantic Division the Raptors have not been profitable recently. Toronto has come away with the cash in just two of their last 10 games with only one of their last six games going under the total. NBA metrics have TO ranked eighth for scoring offense and 10th for points against. Owing to that is a record of 48-20 straight up, 29-39 against the spread with 37-30-1 over the total. Kawhi Leonard is averaging a team best 27 points per outing.
Los Angeles Lakers
In like manner the Lakers continue to flood gamblers with red ink. Los Angeles has paid in just one of their last eight games with three of their last four going under the total. Overall the Lakers rank 15th in the NBA for scoring offense and a dreadful 25th for points allowed. LA is 30-36 straight up, 26-38-2 against the spread with 26-39-1 under the total. LeBron James leads the Lakers with 27.1 points and 8,1 assists per game.
Stats to Consider
As bad as they have been this season the Lakers have been a solid bet on NBA value as a road dog. As an example, the Lakers have covered 11 of their last 17 games getting points away from home. Four of their last five in that role have gone over the total. Contrarily the Raptors have been a terrible home chalk value. Toronto has lost six of their last seven against the line laying points at Scotiabank Arena. Three of their last four in that situation have gone under the total.
Team vs. Team
Toronto has utterly dominated the sportsbook payout window in their series with the Lakers. As a matter of fact, Los Angeles has paid in just four of their last 19 meetings with the Raptors. Six of the last eight between these teams have gone under the total. Most important of all the Lakers gush red ink at Toronto. LA has come away with the cash in just four of their last 16 visits to Scotiabank Arena. Also, three of the last four in this series at TO have gone under the total.
Matchup to Watch
On this occasion the Lakers face Bet on NBA matchup disadvantages on defense and head to head. With both teams struggling the Raptors are the better choice.
Lakers vs. Raptors NBA games Betting Odds Picks
In sum the Toronto Raptors should take full advantage of the Lakers terrible defense.
Lakers vs. Raptors NBA Betting Online Pick: Toronto Raptors
Lakers vs. Raptors NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Raptors 107, Lakers 95
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