Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada
15. Mar 2019, 05:30
The second-best team in the league, Toronto Raptors will host their next inter-conference game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
The Raptors are second from the top with Leonard leading them, while the Lakers have LeBron James who seems to be fighting for almost a lost cause at this point. James has carried his team this season but it hasn’t been enough since the Lakers have performed poorly so far, especially in their most recent games, where they lost to far inferior teams such as the Suns.
It is going to be a high paced match with an implied total of 231. The Raptors are favored by the fans by -10.
Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers finally snapped their 5 matches losing streak against the Bulls.
L.A. fans finally rejoiced when the Lakers won against the Bulls in their previous match and with some margin too, as the game came to an end with 107-123. LeBron James once again led his team with 36 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, backed up by Caldwell-Pope with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist.
Los Angeles Lakers are ranked 11th in the Western Conference and 19th in the League.
Toronto Raptors: Toronto Raptors lost their last game against the Cavaliers in a dull display of performance.
The only action that the court actually witnessed was between Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss, as the little passive quarrel soon turned into actual physical aggression from both of them. The Raptors failed to put up a head to head contest, losing by 101-126. They were outscored by the Cavaliers in each and every quarter which resulted in a dull one sided defeat. Leonard led his team in the loss with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists, followed by Siakam with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Toronto Raptors are ranked 2nd in the Eastern Conference and the League.
Lineups & Injuries
Los Angeles Lakers
C: JaVale McGee
PF: Kyle Kuzma
SF: LeBron James
SG: Reggie Bullock
PG: Rajon Rondo
BENCH: Moritz Wagner, Josh Hart, Alex Caruso, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Johnathan Williams, Isaac Bonga, Mike Muscala, Andre Ingram
INJURIES: Tyson Chandler(Questionable), Lance Stephenson(Questionable), Lonzo Ball(Out), Brandon Ingram(Out)
C: Marc Gasol
PF: Pascal Siakam
SF: Kawhi Leonard
SG: Danny Green
PG: Jeremy Lin
BENCH: Norman Powell, OG Anunoby, Patrick McCaw, Chris Boucher, Malcolm Miller
INJURIES: Serge Ibaka(Out), Fred VanVleet(Out),Kyle Lowry(Out)
Fantasy Breakdown by THE BOWLJOB
Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers have lost seven of their last 10 games and have all but been eliminated from the playoffs. They will be a tough team to trust the rest of the way, especially since their starters have played so many minutes over the last few weeks. Tonight they head to Toronto to take on a Raptors team that is ranked 15th in points allowed and eighth in defensive rating over the last 10 games. The Lakers are listed as 10-point underdogs with an implied total of 111.3 points, which is a point below their season average.
Since Luke Walton said that he would reduce the minutes of LeBron James, he has played 28 and 33 minutes. Let’s be honest here, LeBron is going to decide how many minutes he’s going to play. If this game is close in the fourth, I wouldn’t be surprised if he played 35 minutes. If they are down big, he could just as easily play 25 minutes. He’s a sneaky tournament play if you are building multiple lineups. Rajon Rondo has averaged 38 fantasy points over his last four games.I’m expecting big minutes from Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol, so the Lakers will have to play big in this one. This means big minutes for Kyle Kuzma and potentially JaVale McGee, who logged 32 minutes and scored 33 fantasy points the other night against the Bulls.
Toronto Raptors: The Raptors have won six of their last ten games and own the second best record in basketball. They likely won’t catch the Bucks in the standings, but could have home-court advantage in the NBA Finals if they make it that far. They draw a tremendous matchup against the Lakers, who are ranked 25th or worse in points allowed, defensive rating, and rebounding percentage over the last 10 games. The big news here is that Serge Ibaka has been suspended for the next three games. This doesn’t change much for the backcourt, but Kyle Lowry has really picked up his play over the last few weeks. He’s priced up across the industry, but gets to face a Lakers team that is ranked 28th in efficiency against point guards and 23rd in DvsA against combo guards. If Lowry is ruled out, Jeremy Lin would become a must play. Danny Green is cheap and has some appeal in large-field tournaments. He should get plenty of open looks from the three-point line and we know how turnover-prone this Lakers team is. Kawhi Leonard has been awfully quiet since the All-Star break and draws the worst matchup of the five starters. Pascal Siakam regularly plays minutes in the mid 30s and we can expect that again tonight with Ibaka out. The Lakers don’t defend the paint or rebound well, so Siakam is one of the safest plays at power forward. The Raptors have already announced that Gasol will start and see the bulk of the minutes in his absence. It doesn’t hurt that he’s facing the Lakers, who are ranked 26th in efficiency against centers.