Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 5/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+8.5)
The Los Angeles Clippers (43-22) play the Toronto Raptors (27-38) at STAPLES Center on Tuesday. The odds on this matchup have Los Angeles as 8.5-point favorites. The total is set at 221.5.
The Toronto Raptors stepped onto the hardwood against the Los Angeles Lakers and went home with a win by a final score of 121-114 in their last game. Toronto ended the contest having earned a 44.7% field goal percentage (42 of 94) and converted 15 out of their 38 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Raptors made 22 of 31 tries for a percentage of 71.0%. Regarding rebounding, they collected a total of 49 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 24 dimes in this matchup while forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and earning 11 steals. Concerning defending, Toronto allowed the other team to shoot 48.2% from the field on 41 of 85 shooting. Los Angeles doled out 32 assists and had 7 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Los Angeles had 44 rebounds (7 offensive, 37 defensive) and got 4 blocks. Los Angeles finished shooting 67.7% from the free throw line by converting 21 of their 31 tries. They converted 11 of 29 attempts from distance.
Pascal Siakam is one guy who played a role in this matchup. He left the arena with 39 points on 15 of 26 shooting. He was on the court for 38:27 mins played and also snagged 13 rebounds. Siakam finished the contest at 57.7% from the floor and also distributed 4 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Raptors was Kyle Lowry. He collected 2 rebounds in his 40:39 min on the court. He shot 60.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 12-of-20 (37 points). In all, Lowry earned 11 assists.
Toronto will play this contest with a record of 27-38 this year. They have an average of 111.7 pts per game (18th in the NBA) while hitting 45.0% from the floor. The Raptors are hitting 37.2% from downtown (958 of 2,577) and 82.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Toronto is pulling in 41.6 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 1,587 assists on the season, which ranks 15th in basketball in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 13.3 times per contest and as a group they are committing 21.4 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Raptors have forced 16.2 turnovers every game while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. The Raptors defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 45.8% (1,051 of 1,279) and they relinquish 45.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They are 27th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,674 surrendered so far this year. They surrender 37.7% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 13th in the NBA in opponents points per game (111.3).
When they last played, the Los Angeles Clippers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 110-104 when they faced the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers snagged 29 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 39 in the game. They turned the ball over 6 times, while recording 8 steals in the game. The Nuggets earned 23 fouls for the game which took the Clippers to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to bury 18 of the free throw tries for a rate of 75.0%. Regarding shots from downtown, Los Angeles made 14 of 34 tries (41.2%). When the game finished, the Clippers shot 36 out of 83 from the field which had them shooting 43.4%. The Clippers permitted the Nuggets to make 39 of their 80 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 48.8% in the game. They went 37.5% from behind the 3-point line by going 12 out of 32 and ended up shooting 20 out of 21 at the charity stripe (95.2%). Regarding rebounding, Los Angeles allowed Denver to pull down 44 in all (8 offensive).
Paul George ended up being a major contributor for the Clippers in this contest. He converted 5 of 21 for the game for a field goal percentage of 23.8%, and had 7 rebounds. George racked up 20 points in his 37:36 mins of playing time and had 2 dimes for this contest. An additional guy who came through for Los Angeles was Kawhi Leonard. He ended up walking away with 6 assists in 30:17 minutes on the court, and he shot 7 of 12 from the floor. Leonard finished going 58.3% from the floor while also contributing 16 points and 5 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss mark of 43-22 on the campaign. The Clippers are committing 19.5 fouls per game and they hit 83.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 24.3 times per game (19th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 13.0 times per game. Los Angeles has tallied 7,431 pts so far this year (114.3 per contest) and they collect 44.2 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Clippers are connecting on 48.2% from the field, which ranks 7th in basketball. The Clippers defensively are ranked 5th in basketball in PPG given up with 108.3. They have allowed 22.9 assists and 41.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 4th and 3rd in the league. The Los Angeles defense gives up 36.0% on shots from beyond the arc (757 of 2,105) and their opposition knocks down 78.3% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 12.9 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (15th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto (+8.5)
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