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Lakers-Raptors Betting Guide: Can LeBron James Regain His Powers in Toronto?

Mar 14, 2019 2:29 PM EDT
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USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Lakers forward LeBron James (23), Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2).

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers-Toronto Raptors

  • Spread: Raptors -9
  • Over/Under: 231.5
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: TNT

Injury Update (6:20 p.m. ET): Kyle Lowry has been ruled out.

While the playoff fates of both teams are virtually set in stone, the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors will do battle up north where LeBron James has a history of putting on some heroic performances.

Will the Lake show put on a show or will Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors put the LA out of its misery? Our analysts discuss.

Betting Trends to Know

The Lakers have not been able to gain any momentum at all this season.

Since Christmas Day, the Lakers have played 12 games after shooting at least 50% from the field (which they did in their last game against the Bulls), and they are 3-9 against the spread, failing to cover the spread by 6.0 points per game. The Lakers are the second-least profitable team in the Western Conference over that span ahead of just the Warriors. — Evan Abrams

After the second round of the 2018 playoffs, fans started calling Toronto “LeBronto” and for good reason. James dominated the Raptors at every opportunity especially when the chips were stacked against him most.

Over the past five seasons, LeBron’s teams are 7-0 against the spread and straight up when he was an underdog playing in Toronto winning by 9.7 points per game, according to our Bet Labs data. — Malik Smith

Mears: How I’m Betting Tonight’s Game

The Lakers are in the middle of a free fall, out of the playoffs and putting together some embarrassingly poor efforts. Over their past 10, in which they should have been highly motivated, they went 3-7 straight up and 2-8 against the spread. Since they announced that James could have his minutes scaled back for the rest of the year.

And then the other night vs. the Bulls happened. The Lakers won, covered the -2 spread on the road, and LeBron went for 36-10-4 in 33 minutes. That’s a bit of a scale back, and it’s just the Bulls, but if LeBron is suddenly going to be engaged then the Lakers will obviously be more competitive than they have been.