As the weekend wraps up, we have quite a few games throughout this Sunday NBA slate. On NBATV tonight, the Toronto Raptors are taking on the Los Angeles Lakers on NBATV. This is the second and final matchup between these teams during this shortened NBA season. The Raptors vs. Lakers NBA betting picks preview will find the best NBA betting odds, give you some betting trends, and show the best NBA picks and NBA predictions available.
NBA Betting Preview: Picks, Odds & Betting Trends Tonight
Toronto Raptors (26-38, 10-22 Away) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (36-27, 17-14 Home)
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Time: 10 p.m. EST
Venue: STAPLES Center — Los Angeles, Calif.
The Raptors have recently fell back into a slump, losing four of their past five games. With only a couple weeks remain of the NBA regular season, Toronto may be resting more and more of their veterans. Tonight, Chris Boucher remains out, but it looks like Kyle Lowry will be returning to the lineup. In the backcourt, he joins Fred VanVleet, who is coming off a 30-point game. Tonight, Awesemo projects VanVleet to be second on the team in scoring, just behind Pascal Siakam, who’s projected for 20 points. They lost to the Lakers in the first matchup of the season, so they will be fighting to prevent the sweep tonight.
The Lakers also enter this game struggling, losing five of their past six games. LeBron James returned to the lineup last game, scoring 16 points, long with eight rebounds and seven assists, in 32 minutes. Anthony Davis also put up a 22-point double-double. However, these efforts were not enough to win at home against the Kings. Turnovers and free throw shooting were the issue. The Lakers shot 50.6% from the field, but just 15-21 from the free throw line, to go along with 21 assists. The Lakers will need to step it up to get past the Raptors tonight.
Using Awesemo’s OddsShopper tool, we can easily compare the NBA odds for Raptors vs. Lakers betting across the major sportsbooks. The odds expressed are from 12 p.m. EST on May 2, so make sure to check out the OddsShopper tool yourself to get the most up-to-date odds.
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NBA Odds: Moneyline
- Raptors: (+280) — FanDuel
- Lakers: (-305) — SugarHouse, DraftKings
NBA Odds: Spread
- Raptors: +8 (-112) — FanDuel
- Lakers: -7.5 (-110) — SugarHouse, BetMGM, PointsBet, DraftKings, William Hill
NBA Odds: Point Total
- Over: 217 (-110) — FanDuel, William Hill
- Under: 217.5 (-110) — BetMGM
Raptors vs. Lakers NBA Betting Trends
- Toronto is 6-3 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games.
- The total has hit the under in five of Toronto’s last seven games.
- The Lakers are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games.
- The total has hit the under in four of the Lakers’ last six games.
Raptors vs. Lakers Prediction
These are two struggling teams that are hard to get behind. The Raptors are 13-19 against the spread as the road team, while the Lakers are 12-19 at home. However, the Raptors are 4-10 against the spread with no rest, while the Lakers are 8-5-1 with rest advantage. I expect LeBron to will this Lakers team to a win, attempting to make a statement. The Lakers need to turn their momentum around, and that is likely to start tonight. I’ll back them.
Prediction: Lakers -7.5
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