Los Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 3/18/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
The Toronto Raptors (39-30) are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (29-40) at Scotiabank Arena on Friday.
The Lakers faced the Timberwolves and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 124-104 in their last contest. With respect to fouls, the Lakers finished with 25 and the Timberwolves recorded 16 fouls. They made 17 of 42 attempts from distance. Minnesota shot 87.1% at the charity stripe by making 27 of their 31 attempts. Moreover, Minnesota collected 36 rebounds (15 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Minnesota distributed 51 dimes and had 22 steals in this matchup. Regarding defending, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 44.4% from the floor on 40 of 90 shooting. They also dished out 23 dimes for this game while forcing the opposition into 6 turnovers and earning 7 steals. Concerning hauling in boards, they earned 38 with 13 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Lakers buried 16 of 23 tries for a rate of 69.6%. Los Angeles finished the game having earned a 41.9% FG percentage (39 out of 93) and knocked down 10 out of their 45 shots from downtown.
Malik Monk is one guy who came through in this contest. He walked away with 13 points on 5 of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 30 minutes and snagged 5 rebounds. Monk finished the contest at 41.7% from the floor and also distributed 6 dimes.
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Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 29-40 for the campaign. They turn it over 14.8 times per contest and as a group are committing 20.2 fouls per contest. As a team, Los Angeles is collecting 44.2 boards per game and has earned 1,647 dimes this year, which is 20th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Lakers are shooting 34.7% on shots from beyond the arc (834 of 2,401) and 72.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 110.9 points per contest (13th in the league) while shooting 46.4% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Lakers are able to force 14.6 turnovers every game while drawing 20.1 fouls. They give up 35.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 26th in basketball in opponents points per game (113.7). The Lakers defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.3% (2,893 of 6,249) and they relinquish 47.4 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 26th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,780 conceded this season.
In their last game, the Raptors walked away with a victory by a final of 103-100 when they faced the Clippers. The Raptors were able to pull down 30 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 43 in this matchup. They also coughed up the ball 11 times, while getting 5 steals in this game. The Clippers committed 14 fouls in this game which got the Raptors to the free throw line for 21 shots. They were able to make 16 of them for a percentage of 76.2%. With respect to shooting from beyond the arc, Toronto converted 11 of 32 attempts (34.4%). When the final whistle was blown, the Raptors finished the game shooting 38 out of 83 from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.8%. The Raptors permitted the Clippers to knock down 38 out of 78 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.7% in the game. They went 36.7% from 3-point land via 11 of 30 and walked away from this one shooting 13 out of 15 at the free throw line (86.7%). Concerning rebounding, Toronto permitted Los Angeles to get 31 overall (10 offensive).
Pascal Siakam ended up being a factor for the Raptors in this contest. Siakam totaled 31 points in his 39 mins of playing time and had 3 dimes for the game. He knocked down 13 out of 22 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 59.1%, and had 12 rebounds.
Toronto has a win-loss mark of 39-30 so far this year. As an offense, the Raptors are shooting 44.3% from the field, which ranks 26th in basketball. Toronto has accounted for 7,508 points so far this season (108.8 per contest) and they grab 45.2 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 21.8 times per game (29th in the league) and they cough up possession 12.6 times per game. The Raptors have committed 19.8 personal fouls every game and they connect on 75.5% from the charity stripe.
The Raptors are ranked 9th in basketball in points given up per game with 107.2. They are able to force 16.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.3% from the floor (17th in the league). The Toronto defense concedes 35.1% on 3-point shots (844 of 2,402) and opponents are connecting on 79.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 25.1 assists and 44.3 boards per game, which ranks them 20th and 13th in the league.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto
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