The TORONTO and the LA CLIPPERS will both be gunning for a victory on 12/11/2018 at 10:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
TORONTO RAPTORS vs LA CLIPPERS
When: 10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 10:35 PM
PREDICTION: LA CLIPPERS , TORONTO
Oddsmakers currently have the LA CLIPPERS listed as 5.5 point favorites versus the TORONTO, while the game’s total is sitting at 222.5.
The Toronto Raptors own the best record in the NBA, but they are in a bit of a rut as they open a four-game road trip Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Toronto has dropped three of its last four games, and Sunday’s 104-99 loss to Milwaukee marked the second time it scored fewer than 100 points this season.
Kawhi Leonard is on a roll with six consecutive 20-point peformances and is averaging 31 points while knocking down 18 3-pointers during that stretch. Leonard’s appearance against the Clippers is highly anticipated in Southern California as Los Angeles is expected to make a major run for his services should he become a free agent. The Clippers had to rally for a 123-119 road overtime win over NBA-worst Phoenix on Monday after losing three of their previous four games. Coach Doc Rivers said his team didn’t overlook the Suns despite the fact they were down eight points with just over four minutes left in regulation before feeling the urgency.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV, Sportsnet One (Toronto), Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (21-7): Kyle Lowry is in a major slump and went scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting in Sunday’s game against Milwaukee. The four-time All-Star is averaging just five points on 8-of-42 shooting over his last five games and has attempted just four free throws during the funk. “I feel like he should be a little bit more aggressive,” Leonard told reporters of Lowry. “Our offense kind of allows everybody to be themselves and take their shots. It’s a lot of freedom. With that said, he’s going to have some big games coming up.”
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (17-9): Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points against Phoenix for his fifth 20-point effort in nine games as he continues his resurgence from an injury-plagued campaign in 2017-18. “He’s been the key for us,” Rivers told reporters after the victory over Phoenix. “Gall, just how calm he is and just the way he plays. He’s been really important for us.” Tobias Harris also is playing well as his 33-point performance against the Suns was his second-highest output of the season.
1. The Clippers have won three of the last four meetings.
2. Los Angeles reserve SG Lou Williams (hamstring) departed the game against Phoenix and is doubtful for Tuesday.
3. Toronto backup PG Fred VanVleet made a season-high five 3-pointers in seven attempts against the Bucks after being 4-for-21 from beyond the arc over his previous five contests.
PREDICTION: Clippers 109, Raptors 107