Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 5/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
The Los Angeles Lakers (36-26) host the Toronto Raptors (26-37) at STAPLES Center on Sunday.
The Toronto Raptors faced the Denver Nuggets and went home with a loss by a final score of 121-111 in their last contest. Toronto finished the contest having earned a 48.2% FG percentage (40 out of 83) and converted 16 of their 32 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Raptors knocked down 15 of their 18 attempts for a rate of 83.3%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they earned 35 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 27 assists for the contest in addition to forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In reference to defense, Toronto allowed the other team to go 47.8% from the floor on 44 of 92 shooting. Denver totaled 22 assists and had 6 steals in this contest. In addition, Denver grabbed 47 rebounds (14 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 5 blocks. Denver finished the contest at 80.8% when shooting free throws by making 21 of their 26 attempts. They also buried 12 of 35 attempts from downtown.
OG Anunoby is one player who came through for the game. He racked up 25 points on 8 out of 21 shooting. He saw the court for 34:08 mins and also totaled 3 rebounds. Anunoby finished 38.1% from the field and distributed 3 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this game for the Raptors was Khem Birch. He had 8 rebounds in his 36:06 min on the hardwood. He walked away from this one shooting 80.0% from the floor for the contest by connecting on 8-of-10 (20 points). When this game wrapped up, Birch had 4 assists.
Toronto enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 26-37 so far this year. They currently have an average of 111.7 points per contest (18th in basketball) while shooting 45.0% from the field. The Raptors are connecting on 37.2% on 3-point shots (931 of 2,506) and 82.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Toronto is collecting 41.5 rebounds per game and has 1,537 dimes so far this season, which ranks 16th in the NBA in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.4 times per game and as a group they are committing 21.5 fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Raptors are forcing their opponents into 16.1 turnovers per game while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. The Raptors are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 45.8% (1,017 of 1,242) and they relinquish 45.6 boards per contest as a team. They currently rank 27th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,622 conceded this season. They concede 37.6% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 15th in the NBA in opponents PPG (111.3).
For their last game, the Los Angeles Lakers took a defeat with a final score of 116-107 when they faced the Washington Wizards. The Lakers were able to pull down 28 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 41 in the game. They turned it over 10 times, while earning 10 steals in this contest. The Wizards earned 20 fouls for the contest which took the Lakers to the free throw line for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to make 13 of them for a rate of 61.9%. In the matter of three-point shots, Los Angeles knocked down 10 of 34 tries (29.4%). When the final whistle was blown, the Lakers shot 42 for 96 from the floor which had them shooting 43.8%. The Lakers permitted the Wizards to convert 47 of their 90 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 52.2% for the game. They went 33.3% from distance via 6 out of 18 and walked away from this one shooting 16 out of 21 at the free throw line (76.2%). In the matter of rebounds, Los Angeles permitted Washington to pull down 50 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Anthony Davis pitched in for the Lakers for the matchup. He buried 10 out of 20 in the matchup for a rate of 50.0%, and had 5 rebounds. Davis scored 26 points in his 31:04 mins of playing time and earned 2 dimes in the game. Someone else that played a role for Los Angeles was Andre Drummond. He ended up with 2 dimes in his 20:29 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 8 of 12 from the floor. Drummond wrapped this one up going 66.7% from the field and also contributing 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 36-26 so far this year. The Lakers are responsible for committing 19.1 personal fouls every game and they go 74.4% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.6 times per contest (16th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.3 times per contest. Los Angeles has accumulated 6,799 points so far this year (109.7 per contest) and they pull down 44.4 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Lakers are hitting on 47.3% from the floor, which is 10th in basketball. The Lakers on defense are ranked 2nd in the NBA in points allowed per game with 106.4. The Los Angeles defense gives up 35.1% on 3-pointers (703 of 2,004) and their opposition knocks down 77.1% of their free throw attempts. They concede 24.6 assists and 42.1 boards per contest, ranking them 15th and 5th in the league. They have forced 15.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.9% from the floor (9th in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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