By the Numbers: Raptors Will Roar in the Alamo City

Swinging Johnson

Monday, October 23, 2017 1:59 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 1:59 PM UTC

After a weekend of football we get back on the hard court to deliver our analysis of this Monday inter-conference clash between the Raptors and Spurs. Let’s review the NBA odds and cash a ticket tonight!

Free NBA Pick: Raptors +3Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Raptors (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) at Spurs (2-0 SU, 1-0-1 ATS)
  • San Antonio is 5-14 ATS in their last 19 Monday games.
  • San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in their last five when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • San Antonio is 1-5 ATS in their last six games as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5.
  • Toronto is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight up win.
  • Toronto is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
  • Toronto is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win.

Both teams will be operating without important cogs in their starting lineups. The Spurs have been without the services of Kawhi Leonard, who is recuperating from a quadriceps injury, and the Raptors suffered a setback on Saturday night when they defeated the 76’ers but lost their starting center in the second quarter when Jonas Valanciunas left with an ankle sprain.

LaMarcus Aldridge has stepped up big in Leonard’s absence, but you cannot win on the shoulders of one man every night. The Raptors will miss their big man in the middle, but have a young 7-footer in Jakob Poeltl, who managed 14 points after Valanciunas was sidelined. The difference between the two teams is the proverbial immovable object vs. the irresistible force. The Raptors are ranked second in offensive production averaging 122.5 PPG while the Spurs are ranked first in defense, surrendering just 88 points per game in their two contests.

The key here is that the Raptors have too many options on the offensive side of the court, while their defense has demonstrated to be reliable and more than serviceable. In San Antonio’s first two games, as Aldridge goes, so too go the Spurs and to cross your fingers and hope Aldridge can continue to do it all is a lot to ask. These teams are 2-2 ATS over their last four meetings, and the online sportsbooks are giving the visitors a 3-point head start. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the NBA odds makers have the wrong favorite but we will grab the points anyway and back the Raptors in our NBA picks tonight!

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