The Toronto Raptors may have moved long-time forward OG Anunoby, but it's quickly seeing the benefits of landing former No. 2 overall pick RJ Barrett and emerging guard Immanuel Quickley.
Toronto has won three of four since making the trade with the New York Knicks and is fresh off of a blowout win at the Golden State Warriors. The Raptors enter Tuesday's tilt against the Los Angeles Lakers as underdogs, but can the team continue to smash expectations?
Here's my full betting preview for this one below!
Raptors vs. Lakers odds, spread and total
Lakers vs. Raptors betting trends
- The Raptors are both 3-1 straight up and against the spread (ATS) since trading for Barrett and Quickley
- The Raptors have gone OVER in 20 of 36 games this season
- The Lakers are 6-13 to the OVER at home this season
Raptors vs. Lakers how to watch
- Date: Tuesday, January 9th
- Game Time: 10:30 p.m. EST
- Venue: Crypto.com Arena
- How to Watch (TV): SportsNet LA
- Raptors Record: 15-21
- Lakers Record: 18-19
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Raptors vs. Lakers injury reports
- Jakob Poeltl - out
- Otto Porter Jr. - out
- Christian Koloko - out
- Gabe Vincent - out
- Rui Hachimura - out
- LeBron James - questionable
- Anthony Davis - probable
Raptors vs. Lakers key players
RJ Barrett: Barrett has shown flashes of promise during his time with the Knicks, but is flourishing in a new role with the Raptors, fresh off a 37-point outing against the Warriors on Sunday. It's only four games, but Barrett is shooting 53% from the field and 52% from beyond the arc to go with six rebounds and three assists while averaging 21 points per game.
Anthony Davis: Davis has been a monster this season, enjoying good health and an immense defensive impact. The big man is leading the league in steals and blocks combined ("stocks") and is shooting 55% from the field while enjoying above-average shooting from the perimeter at 32% relative to his career mark of 30%.
Raptors vs. Lakers prediction and pick
Like the Knicks, who have been on fire since the Anunoby trade, the Raptors are quickly reaping the benefits of the move. Toronto has improved its net rating from -1.0 (22nd in the NBA) to +4.7 (10th) in an admittedly small sample size of four games. Toronto is 3-1 in those games.
RJ Barrett poured in 37 points on Sunday against the Warriors and Immanuel Quickley is posting 17.3/4.8/6.5 since joining the Raptors, I believe the team's offensive explosion is going to keep this one close in Los Angeles.
While the Lakers have high-end talent in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the team is short on the requisite depth to handle a team like Toronto. Look under the hood and you'll see this is a pedestrian Lakers team, just 20th in net rating on the year, worse than the Raptors over the balance of the season.
LA is 5-9 against the spread since the In-Season Tournament Championship win, I'll keep fading them.
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