The Los Angeles Lakers will look to continue their winning run against the Toronto Raptors when they meet on Saturday night from the Wide World of Sports campus in Orlando. The Lakers opened the restart with a 103-101 win against the Los Angeles Clippers.
James, Davis lead Lakers to opening win in NBA restartNBA bubble form
The Lakers restarted their season strongly with a quality win against the Los Angeles Clippers 103-101 despite undergoing vast portions of that game with sloppy, errant plays, indicative of the offense struggling after a long layoff.
LeBron James had just 16 points with 11 boards and 7 assists. He had a crucial putback with the game locked in the final minute. Anthony Davis started strongly, particularly from the free-throw line, before heating up from beyond the arc in the second half.
What was said?
"I love having the ball in my hands late in the game, tie game, being down, being up," James said. "For me, just try to be aggressive. I felt like I got some contact at the elbow, they didn't call it. But like it was told to me as a kid since I started playing basketball, there's no whistle, you keep playing on. So I was able to follow my own shot and put us up, and put us up for good."
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) July 31, 2020
Defending champs look to start well against LakersPlayoffs scenario
Not a problem for the Raptors. They were fantastic in the regular season before the NBA was suspended, giving them plenty of room for error in these seeding games. The Milwaukee Bucks will be their biggest conference rivals in the postseason.
NBA bubble form
Not too bad. They had a solid win against the Portland Trail Blazers but were also hammered by the Phoenix Suns in game 3 of the scrimmage series. Overall, a lot to look forward to from the defending champions.
Injury and team news
Fred vanVleet had to leave the scrimmage game against the Trail Blazers are banging knees. However, he is expected to be fit soon and not miss any extended time. Marc Gasol also made his return to the NBA court during scrimmage.
The movement doesn’t stop because we’re back.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) July 30, 2020
Trends as found on covers.com Toronto Raptors are:
- 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Los Angeles Lakers are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
- 9-3 ATS in their last 12 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Lakers looked rusty in their first game back but an important consideration to make here is that they have one game in, which means they would have knocked off some of that rust and sloppiness. LeBron, by his own admission, struggled early. These are problems that the Lakers are aware of, while the Raptors might be running into these issues. Davis looked sharp as well.
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -4
Full-Game Total Pick
This is a tricky one because the Lakers were poor from the field against the Clippers. If this were the middle of a normal season, it would be a more convincing over. However, the Raptors like the move the ball around quicker, and score quickly too. The Lakers should improve on their field goal percentage in this game, particularly from beyond the arc.
Prediction: Over 215