L.A. CLIPPERS @ TORONTO | 2/03 | 3:00 PM EST
LA was in action on the road in the Motor City against the Pistons Saturday afternoon, so they’ll have less than a 24-hour turnaround for this contest. The Clippers are playing their third game in four days here: they entered Saturday holding the final playoff spot in the Western Conference by a game over the Lakers. LA is 4-5 in the second game of back to back situations this season. The Clippers put up an average of 118.4 points per game in those situations, which is better than their full-season mark of 114.3 points per contest.
Toronto was dropped in an Eastern Conference showdown with the Bucks their last time out. The Raptors entered Saturday second in the Eastern Conference, 1.5 games behind Milwaukee: they held a 2.5 game edge over the 76ers in the Atlantic Division. Toronto led by three after the opening quarter, trailed by nine at the half and by as many as 24 after three quarters. The Raptors couldn’t draw closer than six the rest of the way. Toronto shot 39.8 percent from the field, including seven of 27 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 50-39.
As soon as the Clippers are done playing in Detroit against the physical Pistons, they must head across the border to face one of the Eastern Conference’s premier teams — and premier home teams. Toronto is a miserable 14-28 ATS with a day off between games, but my projections don’t believe it’ll be very close; jump on this number before it goes up even more.