The Los Angeles Lakers enjoyed a return to victory after slashing the LA Clippers on Thursday, 103-101, in their first game inside the Orlando bubble. They have the Toronto Raptors up next. The Lakers have not defeated the Toronto Raptors in almost six years, but will they be able to end that skid? Or will the Raptors win in their own Orlando bubble debut? The sportsbook opened at 3.5-points in favor of the Lakers, and has since moved up to 4-points. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Regular Season Game on August 1 2020
Where: Walt Disney World, Orlando
When: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 8:30 PM ET
Line: Los AngelesLakers (-4) vs. Toronto Raptors (+4) – view all 2019-20 NBA lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Los Angeles Lakers (-4)
Regular Season Record: 50-14
It’s not always that a four-time MVP like LeBron James shoots like a scrub in a game, but that’s one way to describe his shooting performance in a 113-104 home loss to the Raptors on Nov. 10 last year. James shot just 5 of 15 from the field. But he still found many ways to contribute and be effective for this team, as James dished out 15 assists and grabbed 13 rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Anthony Davis had 27 points. The Lakers’ bench outscored the Raptors’ reserves, 45-43, but could potentially do better this time around, especially after signing two heat-checkers during the long break in Dion Waiters and JR Smith.
Although there’s really no home-court advantage in this game, the Lakers have covered the spread in four of their last five games as the road team.
Betting on the Toronto Raptors (+4)
Regular Season Record: 46-18
Kawhi Leonard, who? The Raptors sure would have loved The Klaw staying with the team, but they’re not bawling over just because he didn’t. In fact, you could make a case that they have gotten even better as a team now than they were last season. The Raptors surely didn’t need last season’s Finals MVP in beating the Lakers in their only meeting thus far this season. They didn’t even need Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka to do that, who were both out at that time due to injuries. Well, both are ready to play now and help the Raptors shame LA again. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet did most of the work in that Lakers game, combining for 47 points, while Chris Boucher and Rondae-Hollis Jefferson contributed 25 points together off the bench. Toronto gassed the Lakers with their speed to beat them, scoring 32 fast-break points to just eight by James and company.
The Raptors are 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games against the Lakers.
The Raptors win, 108-106.
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