Lakers vs. Raptors odds, line, spread: 2020 NBA picks, August 1 predictions from model on 52-32 roll

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The Los Angeles Lakers continue their push toward the playoffs when they collide with the defending champion Toronto Raptors on Saturday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers (50-14) have the best record in the Western Conference and are coming off a 103-101 victory against the rival Clippers on Thursday, the first night of the NBA‘s restart. Meanwhile the Raptors (46-18) have the second best record in the Eastern Conference, behind only Milwaukee. 

Toronto will be playing its first game after the restart. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. ET. William Hill lists Los Angeles as a 3.5-point favorite while the over-under, or total number of points expected, is 218.5 in the latest Raptors vs. Lakers odds. Before making any Lakers vs. Raptors picks or NBA predictions, see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it’s already returned over $4,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks during the 2019-20 season. It also was a blistering 52-32 on all top-rated NBA spread picks before the coronavirus shutdown, returning almost $1,700 on those picks alone. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

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Now, the model has set its sights on Lakers vs. Raptors. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines from William Hill and trends for Raptors vs. Lakers:

  • Lakers vs. Raptors spread: Lakers -3.5
  • Lakers vs. Raptors over-under: 218.5 points
  • Lakers vs. Raptors money line: Lakers -165, Raptors +145
  • LA: Lakers lead the NBA in field-goal percentage (48.3)
  • TOR: Raptors rank second in the NBA in defensive efficiency (104.9 points per 100 possessions)

Why the Lakers can cover

Unlike Toronto, LeBron James & Co. have an official game under their belt after the NBA restart. The Lakers came out on fire in Thursday’s matchup against the rival Clippers, were forced to rally from behind and eventually won on James’ late bucket. The Raptors won’t have the benefit of having a game to knock off the rust.

In addition, Anthony Davis dominated Toronto in the first matchup between the teams this season. Davis made 10-of-20 shots, including 2-of-5 on 3-pointers, scored 27 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots in that game. Davis also played well in Thursday’s return to action, scoring a game-high 34 points and pulling down eight rebounds.

Why the Raptors can cover

Toronto already beat the Lakers this season. On Nov. 10, Pascal Siakam scored a team-high 24 points, and Fred VanVleet added 23 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in a 113-104 win. The Raptors won despite playing without two key players, Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.

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In that game Toronto also did a good job on containing James. After he got off to a strong start, the Raptors limited him to four points on 1-for-8 shooting from the field in the second half. According to the NBA’s matchup data, Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had the most success against James, limiting him to a combined 1-of-8 shooting and four points when matched up with him.

How to make Lakers vs. Raptors picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, as only three total players score more than 20 points in the simulation. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Raptors vs. Lakers? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on Saturday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.

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