NBA Betting Preview: LA Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors – Saturday, August 1, 2020

by Tyler Vaysman | August 1, 2020 |

The number one team in the Western Conference will face the number two team in the Eastern Conference on Saturday night when the Los Angeles Lakers face the Toronto Raptors. Lebron James has been itching to get back to basketball and is looking forward to facing the former NBA Champions. The Raptors are looking to repeat their same success this year without Kawhi Leonard and although many people thought they’d be worse off, they’re still the second-best team in the East.

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview: Perfect storm places the Raptors in front of the Lakers

No player in the league was more adamant about returning to play than Lebron James. This Saturday the dominant Lakers squad gets to test its returning strength against a powerful foe from the East. These two juggernauts facing off makes for an amazing Saturday, but who holds the advantage when betting?

The Lakers are renowned for their talent on offense which is easily understandable, but what many people overlook is their defensive prowess. Allowing an average of 106.9 points per game, the Lakers have one of the best defenses in the league and will need everyone to do their job against a strong Raptor offense.

Toronto Raptors: Looking for a strong start against the West’s best team.

If you were thinking about counting out the Toronto Raptors at the beginning of the season when they lost Kawhi Leonard, you made a big mistake. This Saturday they can further solidify themselves as one of the league's best with a win over the Lakers. If you compare sidelines, the Lakers have four players currently listed as “day-to-day” while the Raptors have one. Be sure to check who is cleared to play before placing your bet.

As great as the Laker defense is, the Toronto Raptors currently have the best defense in the NBA, averaging an allowance of 106.5 points per game. If even one piece is missing from the Lakers offense on Saturday night, the Raptors can focus more of their attention on stopping Lebron James and Anthony Davis.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Line

On the surface it might seem that the Lakers are the obvious choice, coming back from a long break Lebron is excited to get back to work which would translate to a big win right? This one doesn’t seem as cut and dry as that though, the Lakers are 1-9 against the spread against the Toronto Raptors.

Bet this game at MyBookie, the spread currently sits at Los Angeles -4, this gives you the best chance to grab the Raptors +4 considering how well they cover against the Lakers.

Smart Money On Toronto

The Raptors have been overlooked the entire season and have proven themselves every time. The Lakers have covered once against the Raptors in the last ten games, it’s clear the smart bet is taking the Raptors with the points. Consider taking the under as well considering both of these teams play great defense.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Toronto Raptors +4

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