Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 3/10/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Friday, March 10, 2023
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
The Toronto Raptors are traveling to Crypto.com Arena on Friday where they will try to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Raptors faced off with the Clippers and took a loss by a score of 108-100 in their last game. Toronto finished with a 38.5% FG percentage (37 out of 96) and made 13 of their 32 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Raptors converted 13 of 14 shots for a rate of 92.9%. When discussing grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 41 with 15 of them being offensive. They also recorded 21 assists for this game as well as forcing 17 turnovers and having 12 steals. In terms of the defense, Toronto let their opponent shoot 54.9% from the floor on 39 out of 71 shooting. Los Angeles totaled 23 dimes and had 9 steals for this contest. Moreover, Los Angeles totaled 44 boards (9 offensive, 35 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Los Angeles walked away from this one shooting 77.4% from the free throw line by knocking down 24 of 31 shots. They made 6 out of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter. In regard to fouls, the Raptors left the arena with 23 and the Clippers finished the game with 18 fouls.
Scottie Barnes is a player who had an impact for the matchup. Barnes finished shooting 28.6% from the floor and also distributed 4 assists. He was on the court for 37 minutes and also collected 5 boards. He walked away with 20 points on 6 out of 21 shooting.
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Toronto comes into this contest with a win-loss mark of 32-35 on the season. They have an average of 112.4 pts per contest (23rd in basketball) while going 45.4% from the floor. The Raptors are shooting 33.7% from downtown (725 of 2,153) and 78.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Toronto is collecting 42.8 boards per contest and has earned 1,569 assists this year, which has them ranked 24th in the league in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.9 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 20.3 personal fouls every game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Raptors have forced 16.6 turnovers per game while drawing 20.3 fouls. They currently rank 29th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,752 surrendered so far this year. The Raptors are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 49.1% (2,716 of 5,532) and they relinquish 42.6 rebounds per game as a team. They are giving up 37.7% on three-point shots and they are 7th in the NBA in PPG allowed (112.0).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Lakers took home the win by a final score of 112-103 when they played the Grizzlies. The Lakers corralled 50 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 57 for this contest. They also coughed up the ball 13 times, while recording 4 steals in this game. The Grizzlies were called for 25 fouls in this game which got the Lakers to the charity stripe for a total of 29 shots. They were able to knock down 23 of the free throw tries for a rate of 79.3%. In terms of shots from downtown, Los Angeles buried 7 out of their 28 tries (25.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Lakers shot 41 out of 90 from the field which had them sitting at 45.6%. The Lakers allowed the Grizzlies to make 36 out of 93 tries from the floor which left them shooting 38.7% for the matchup. They finished 24.3% from downtown by going 9 of 37 and finished the contest at 22 of 29 at the free throw line (75.9%). In the matter of team rebounding, Los Angeles permitted Memphis to get 45 overall (6 offensive).
Anthony Davis ended up having an impact for the Lakers for this contest. He knocked down 11 of 17 in this matchup giving him a rate of 64.7%, and added 22 rebounds. Davis had 30 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 assists in the game.
Los Angeles has a mark of 32-34 on the year. The Lakers commit 18.5 fouls every game and they shoot 77.7% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 25.2 times per game (14th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.1 times per contest. Los Angeles has totaled 7,698 pts so far this year (116.6 per contest) and they grab 45.9 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Lakers are connecting on 47.8% from the field, which ranks them 12th in the NBA.
The Los Angeles defense surrenders 34.3% from downtown (837 of 2,438) and opponents are connecting on 77.1% of their free throw attempts. They concede 25.8 dimes and 45.6 boards on a nightly basis, which is 18th and 28th in the NBA. The Lakers defensively are ranked 23rd in the league in points per game surrendered with 117.4. They are forcing 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.7% from the field (9th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto
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