Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers Predictions, Picks, Odds

Regular-season NBA action will conclude on Monday night with a compelling non-conference clash between the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers. Coverage begins from L. A.’s Arena at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Score Prediction

Raptors 115, Lakers 109

Best Bets

Raptors -3.5 (-110) at BetMGM

Raptors vs. Lakers Predictions

After finishing 12th in the East with a record of 27-45 SU last year, Toronto bounced back with a relatively pedestrian start to the season, as the Raptors opened with a mediocre 23-23 SU and 25-21 ATS stretch – despite getting tagged as underdogs in 26 of those contests.

Toronto has played excellent since the waning days of January though, considering the Raptors enter Monday riding a sturdy 14-7 SU and 13-8 ATS stretch – while scoring 112.5 OPPG and allowing just 110.5 DPPG across that window.

On the other hand, the Lakers stumbled out to a surprisingly slow start to the season, as Los Angeles kicked things off with a lackluster 10-11 SU and 7-14 ATS stretch – which was primarily chalked up to growing pains associated with the offseason acquisition of Russell Westbrook.

The Lakers have maintained a similarly deficient pace since that point though, considering Los Angeles enters Monday riding a head-scratching 18-27 SU and 20-25 ATS skid – despite getting tagged as favorites in 26 of those matchups.

I’ll back Toronto here, as the Lakers are 3-10 SU and 4-7-1 ATS in their last 13 games, while scoring just 111.7 OPPG and allowing 117.2 DPPG across that timeframe – setting the stage for a tough home matchup against a Raptors squad that’s surrendered 108 PTS or less in six of their last eight contests (106.4 DPPG).

Raptors vs. Lakers Betting Odds

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Raptors vs. Lakers Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Atlantic vs. Pacific
  • Date: Monday, March 14, 2022
  • Venue: Arena
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • TV-Time: NBA League Pass - 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Toronto Raptors Betting Analysis

  • SU: 37-30
  • ATS: 38-29
  • O/U: 35-32

After last year’s disappointing 27-45 SU showing, Toronto stormed out to a surprisingly decent start to this season, as the Raptors opened with a modest 23-23 SU stretch – with ten of those SU victories coming in matchups they were underdogs in.

The Raptors emerged as legitimate playoff contenders towards the end of January though, as Toronto now enters Monday riding a sturdy 14-7 SU run – which includes tough victories over the Heat, Bulls, Wolves, and Hawks.

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 29-37
  • ATS: 28-37-1
  • O/U: 36-29-1

Regardless of the circumstances, sitting below .500 is an undeniable shortcoming for this Lakers squad, but to be fair, they’ve encountered several injury hurdles, so it’s tough to write them off completely, highlighted by LeBron James missing 18 games this season, while Anthony Davis has missed 30 – and is slated to miss at least another week.

The Lakers can still flip the script and push for higher seeding; however, they need to get healthy first, and ultimately shoot the ball better, considering L. A. ranks 23rd in offensive efficiency and 13th in scoring (1.061 OE, 111.1 OPPG) – which doesn’t bode well for a squad that also ranks 17th in defensive efficiency (1.080 DE).

The Lakers are 3-10 SU in their last 13 games. (AP)

Raptors vs. Lakers Head-to-Head

The Raptors and Lakers split a two-game regular-season set last year, with the first matchup resulting in a low-scoring victory for L. A. (110-101, O 208), while the second resulted in a relatively high-scoring win for Toronto (121-114, O 215).

Key Players to Watch

  • TOR: Pascal Siakam - PF (21.8 PPG, 8.3 REB, 5.1 AST)
  • TOR: Fred VanVleet - SG (21.3 PPG, 4.6 REB, 6.8 AST)
  • LAL: LeBron James - SF (29.7 PPG, 8.2 REB, 6.3 AST)
  • LAL: Russell Westbrook - PG (18.1 PPG, 7.6 REB, 7.2 AST)

Raptors vs. Lakers Betting Conclusion

After extending their win streak to three games with a victory in Denver on Saturday night (W, 127-115), the Raptors hit the road again for Monday’s contest as short underdogs against the Lakers at Arena – marking the fourth time Toronto has been an underdog in their last five games.

I’ll back Toronto here, as the Lakers have surrendered an average of 117.2 DPPG across their latest 3-10 SU skid, which includes head-scratching SU losses to the Rockets, Blazers, Pelicans, and Spurs – setting the stage for another unfavorable matchup against a Raptors squad that’s allowing just 106.4 DPPG across their latest 5-3 SU stretch.

Raptors vs. Lakers Betting Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the last seven Raptors' games.
  • The Lakers are 1-9 ATS in their last ten matchups against Toronto.
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the last four matchups between the Raptors and Lakers.
  • The Raptors are 3-4 ATS in their last seven games.