San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 4/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (-4)
Amalie Arena is the venue where and the Toronto Raptors (21-33) will take on the San Antonio Spurs (26-26) on Wednesday. San Antonio opens this game as 4-point favorites. The total has been set at 220.5.
The San Antonio Spurs stepped onto the hardwood against the Orlando Magic and notched a win by a score of 120-97 in their last game. San Antonio finished the game having earned a 51.6% FG percentage (48 of 93) and buried 10 out of their 25 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Spurs made 14 of 18 tries for a percentage of 77.8%. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they compiled 47 with 12 of them being offensive. They also recorded 30 assists for this contest in addition to creating 15 turnovers and getting 6 steals. When discussing defense, San Antonio allowed the other team to shoot 45.0% from the field on 36 of 80 shooting. Orlando earned 15 dimes and had 6 steals for the game. Furthermore, Orlando grabbed 44 rebounds (11 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 5 rejections. Orlando finished the game shooting 62.5% from the free throw line by converting 20 of their 32 tries. They knocked down 5 out of their 20 tries from beyond the perimeter.
DeMar DeRozan is one player who was a contributor in this game. He recorded 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He played for 25:56 minutes and also pulled down 2 rebounds. DeRozan finished shooting 63.6% from the floor and also recorded 6 dimes. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Spurs was Dejounte Murray. He collected 5 rebounds in 27:52 min on the hardwood. He finished the contest at 37.5% from the floor in this matchup by going 6-of-16 (17 points). At the conclusion of this game, Murray had 6 assists.
San Antonio comes into this contest with a win-loss mark of 26-26 for the year. The Spurs are connecting on 37.7% on shots from distance (651 of 1,727) and 76.2% from the charity stripe. They average 111.9 points per contest (14th in basketball) while connecting on 47.0% from the field. They turn it over 13.5 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.6 personal fouls per game. As a unit, San Antonio is pulling in 47.4 rebounds per game and has racked up 1,285 assists for the year, which ranks 22nd in basketball in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Spurs have forced 13.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.6 fouls. The Spurs defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.0% (703 of 965) and they surrender 47.4 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 9th in the league in allowing assists with 1,285 surrendered on the season. They are giving up 37.7% on 3-point shots while they are 17th in the league in points per game allowed (111.9).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Toronto Raptors walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 102-96 when they faced the New York Knicks. The Raptors pulled down 35 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 40 for the contest. They also turned the ball over 15 times, while earning 8 steals in the game. The Knicks were called for 19 fouls for the contest which took the Raptors to the charity stripe for a total of 23 attempts. They were able to knock down 19 of the free throws for a rate of 82.6%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Toronto made 11 of 34 tries (32.4%). When the final whistle was blown, the Raptors went 33 for 79 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.8%. The Raptors allowed the Knicks to bury 35 of 88 tries from the field which left them shooting 39.8% in this matchup. They finished 25.7% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 9 of 35 and ended up going 23 out of 27 at the charity stripe (85.2%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, Toronto allowed New York to collect 46 overall (11 on the offensive glass).
Gary Trent Jr. ended up being a major contributor for the Raptors for this contest. He knocked down 9 of 17 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 52.9%, and had 3 rebounds. Trent earned 23 points in his 35:00 minutes on the hardwood and added 1 assist in this matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Toronto was Kyle Lowry. He left the arena with 6 dimes in his 37:21 minutes played, and he put in 5 of 10 from the floor. Lowry walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor in addition to totaling 19 points and 7 boards.
Toronto has a record of 21-33 on the season. The Raptors have committed 20.1 fouls per contest and they connect on 79.7% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.2 times per game (3rd in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 16.5 times per game. Toronto has totaled 6,028 points on the campaign (111.6 per game) and they grab 46.2 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Raptors are hitting on 45.7% from the floor, which is 22nd in basketball. The Raptors on the defensive end are ranked 15th in the league in PPG given up with 111.6. They are forcing 16.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.7% from the field (9th in basketball). The Toronto defense surrenders 37.5% on shots from 3-point land (750 of 2,002) and their opposition makes 79.7% of their foul shots. They have conceded 26.2 dimes and 46.2 boards per game, which is 28th and 23rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Antonio (-4)
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