Toronto Raptors(6-2) Vs. Los Angeles Lakers(7-1)
NBA: Sunday, Nov 10, 2019, 9:30 PM ET @ Staples Center
Spread: Lakers: -10.5
ESPN Matchup Predictor : 65.8% Lakers/34.2% Raptors
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This Sunday night the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors will play in an anticipated matchup.
The Lakers have been on a hot streak lately and are the number one seed in the NBA. The Lakers and Raptors are off to great starts to the season; the Lakers are 4-0 at home and the Raptors are 2-2 on the road. The Lakers have an SRS of 10.74 for the first 8 games of the season. SRS is a statistic often used by some analysts to rank teams based off their point differential in NBA games and strength of schedule. The Lakers currently have the highest SRS in the Western Conference. The Raptors still have an SRS of 6.68 for their first 8 games.The Lakers are one of the most exciting teams in the Western Conference and have taken the league by storm early in the season.
Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Fred VanFleet, OG Anunoby, and Marc Gasol are all having good starts to the season and are averaging over 12.2 points per 100 possessions. The Raptors despite losing Kawhi Leonard have retained the second-best record in the Eastern Conference so far in the season.
Similarly, Siakam and Lowry have emerged as one of the best duos in the NBA. The pair is averaging over 49 PPG while playing less than a total of 71 minutes per game. However, Lowry will be out for approximately two-weeks with an injury. Ibaka is expected to be out with an ankle injury.
The Lakers are the best defensive teams in the NBA and continuing to improve offensively as the group gains more cohesion. The Lakers have three players that are top 14 in the NBA in defensive win shares. The Lakers are holding players to 96.5 points per 100 possessions. They are also keeping opponents to 30.0% from three-point range and are causing 17.6 turnovers per game.
The Lakers have been +17.9(+/-) per 100 possessions at home and the Raptors are +6.2(+/-) on the road. The Raptors the past few seasons have been one of the best road teams in the NBA. However, because of the recent injuries that Raptors have sustained this should not be a close game. The Lakers are expected to win at home, however, I don’t expect the Raptors to cover the spread.