Los Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 4/6/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+1)
The Los Angeles Lakers (31-19) head to Amalie Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Toronto Raptors (19-30). Toronto opens this game as 1-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 225.
The Los Angeles Lakers faced the Los Angeles Clippers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 104-86 in their last game. Los Angeles ended with a 40.0% FG percentage (32 out of 80) and knocked down 7 of their 23 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Lakers made 15 of their 20 tries for a percentage of 75.0%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they earned 36 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 16 assists in the matchup while forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and earning 9 steals. When it comes to defending, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 47.7% from the field on 41 of 86 shooting. Los Angeles earned 23 dimes and had 10 steals in this matchup. In addition, Los Angeles grabbed 50 boards (13 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 7 rejections. Los Angeles ended up shooting 88.9% when shooting free throws by converting 8 of 9 shots. They converted 14 of 28 shots from three-point range.
Marc Gasol is a player who played a role for this contest. He was able to score 11 points on 4 out of 7 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 17:42 minutes played and also snagged 3 boards. Gasol finished the game at 57.1% from the field and totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in the matchup for the Lakers was Markieff Morris. He pulled down 5 rebounds in his 28:05 minutes on the hardwood. He shot 40.0% from the field in this matchup by hitting 4-of-10 (9 points). In all, Morris had 1 assist.
Los Angeles enters this game with a record of 31-19 this season. The Lakers are shooting 35.1% on shots beyond the perimeter (535 of 1,526) and 74.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 110.0 points per outing (22nd in the NBA) while going 47.6% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 15.4 times per game and as a squad they commit 18.9 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling down 45.1 boards per game and has accounted for 1,219 assists for the campaign, which ranks 15th in the league in terms of passing. Defensively, the Lakers are able to force 15.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 21.5 personal fouls. They are ranked 22nd in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,247 conceded on the season. The Lakers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 45.4% (753 of 1,075) and they concede 42.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are surrendering 35.3% on shots from downtown and they are 2nd in basketball in points per game allowed (105.9).
The last time they took the court, the Toronto Raptors got the victory with a final of 130-77 against the Golden State Warriors. The Raptors recorded 43 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 53 in this game. They turned it over 12 times, while getting 14 steals in the game. The Warriors committed 18 fouls for this contest which took the Raptors to the free throw line for a total of 25 attempts. They were able to make 21 of the free throws for a percentage of 84.0%. In regard to shooting from 3-point land, Toronto made 15 out of 35 tries (42.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Raptors finished shooting 47 for 88 from the field which had them shooting 53.4%. The Raptors allowed the Warriors to make 26 of 79 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 32.9% in this matchup. They went 32.4% from distance by hitting 11 out of 34 and finished the game at 14 of 18 at the free throw line (77.8%). When discussing rebounding, Toronto allowed Golden State to snag 38 in total (7 offensive).
Pascal Siakam ended up being a major contributor for the Raptors for the matchup. He made 14 of 24 in this contest giving him a rate of 58.3%, and had 7 rebounds. Siakam accumulated 36 points in his 31:08 minutes on the hardwood and had 5 dimes in this matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Toronto was Gary Trent Jr.. He wrapped the game up with 1 assist in his 29:49 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 8 of 14 from the floor. Trent ended up shooting 57.1% from the floor while contributing 24 points and 5 rebounds.
Toronto has a win-loss mark of 19-30 for the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Raptors are shooting 44.7% from the floor, which ranks 24th in the league. Toronto has totaled 5,503 points this year (112.3 per game) and they collect 41.2 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 24.7 times per contest (14th in basketball) and they turn it over 13.3 times per contest. The Raptors are committing 22.1 fouls per game and they hit 82.6% from the charity stripe. The Raptors on the defensive end are ranked 17th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 111.8. They have forced 16.4 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.8% from the field (10th in the league). The Toronto defense allows 37.4% on shots from 3-point land (684 of 1,827) and opponents are converting on 79.6% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 26.2 dimes and 46.2 rebounds every game, which ranks them 29th and 23rd in the NBA.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Toronto (-1) and over 225 points
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