Los Angeles Lakers Are Back To Full Strength When They Take On Raptors
The Los Angeles Lakers (17-22) are healthy again and are back to full strength when they travel to take on the Toronto Raptors (14-26) in the first NBA game of the day. They will need their four stars on the court to try and avoid their first five consecutive road losses in six years. With the Lakers back at full strength against a struggling Raptors team that has lost four straight BetDSI Sportsbook has LA listed as favorites on the road.
In their last contest the Los Angeles Lakers lost 99-90 at home to the Miami Heat. Turning the ball over 20 times it is a wonder how they even kept it that close, especially without playing a shred of defense. LA manged only 3 steals and one blocked shot while shooting only 43% from the floor, they did shoot really good from behind the arc however going 10 for 22.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers in scoring with 22 points on 8 for 25 from the floor but nailed 4 from 9 from downtown. Dwight Howard shot 4 for 7 from the field, grabbed 16 total rebounds, but shot a dreaded 5 for 13 from the field. Pau Gasol did not start but put in just under 25 minutes working his way back from injury. Gasol put up 12 points going 4 for 7 to go with 6 rebounds.
The Toronto Raptors lost a overtime heartbreaker 108-101 to the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime on Friday. They played well on both sides of the ball shooting 45.5% from the floor and 11 for 25 from three point range to go with 6 steals and 5 blocked shots. In the end it was the -5 turnover differential that killed them in this closely contested game.
Toronto shared the ball well with four double digit scorers three of which put up 18 points a piece. Forward Ed Davis put up 18 points on 8 for 15 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds, and had 6 dishes. The bench really raised the level of play for the Raptors with Alan Anderson, Terrence Ross, and Kyle Lowry all putting up double digit points on fairly efficient shooting.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been smoking lesser teams as of late trying to give momentum for when they play a team with a winning record. They look to make statements when they should be made and I think they do so again today against the Toronto Raptors covering the couple point spread.
The Raptors are on a down slide and they will have a tough time getting back on the winning track against a healthy Lakers team that is hungry for a road win.