Struggling Raptors Look to Heal Against Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers and the Toronto Raptors will meet on Super Bowl Sunday at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have lost three of their last four games to fall out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They will try to bounce back from a rare home. A 105-92 setback against East-leading Milwaukee on Thursday was the worst offensive effort of the season at home for the Raptors, who had won their previous 10 contests at home.
TV: 3 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), Sportsnet One (Toronto); LINE: Raptors -9.5; O/U: 226.5.
The Clippers have won three in a row on the road after rallying from a 25-point deficit to stun Detroit on Saturday. It was the opener of their six-game trip. Lou Williams scored a season-high 39 points, including 16 in a row, for LA during a dominant fourth quarter. Danilo Gallinari is having back problems and missed his seventh straight game. Tobias Harris made only three of his 12 shot attempts while dealing with a shoulder issue.
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The Clippers are 29-24 on the season. Williams and his fellow reserves combined for 80 points in Saturday’s win. They fueled the comeback from an 83-60 third-quarter deficit. “This is great,” coach Doc Rivers told reporters. “As good as it gets for us. Our guys hung in there and kept fighting.” Montrezl Harrell scored 16 points and Mike Scott chipped in 15 while converting all three of his 3-point attempts. Scott has gone 8-for-13 from beyond the arc over his last four games
The Raptors are 37-16 on the season. Toronto has dropped three of its four meetings with Milwaukee this season. Kyle Lowry has struggled in the season series, going an alarming 1-for-20 from 3-point range in his three contests against the Bucks. Fellow All-Star Kawhi Leonard was held to 16 points in Thursday’s loss. It snapped his career-high streak of scoring at least 20 points at 22 consecutive games. Pascal Siakam scored 28 points against Milwaukee. He averaged 17.6 on 53.4 percent shooting in January. Serge Ibaka scored 24 points and PG Fred VanVleet recorded a career-high 14 assists to lead the team, which was without Leonard (hip), to a 123-99 win at Los Angeles earlier this season.
PREDICTION: Raptors 113, Clippers 97
NBA Betting Odds & Trends
|Los Angeles Clippers|
|LA Clippers is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games|
|LA Clippers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of LA Clippers’s last 17 games|
|LA Clippers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road|
|LA Clippers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Clippers’s last 5 games on the road|
|LA Clippers is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Toronto|
|LA Clippers is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Toronto|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Clippers’s last 6 games when playing Toronto|
|LA Clippers is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Toronto|
|LA Clippers is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Toronto|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Clippers’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto|
|The Raptors are 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games|
|Toronto is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games|
|The Raptors are 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 6 games at home|
|The Raptors are 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing LA Clippers|
|Toronto is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing LA Clippers|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 6 games when playing LA Clippers|
|The Raptors are 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against LA Clippers|
|Toronto is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against LA Clippers|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games when playing at home against LA Clippers|
Los Angeles at Charlotte Tuesday, February 5
Toronto at Philadelphia Tuesday, February 5
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