Toronto Raptors vs L.A. Lakers Betting Preview - October 27th

Toronto Raptors players in court

Jordan Sharp

Friday, October 27, 2017 4:27 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 4:27 PM GMT

Lakers are in action on Friday against the visiting Raptors, and the game presents one of the best teaser values of the night. With the Lakers playing blazingly fast, it is somewhat of a high total despite their epic pace.

Free NBA Pick: TEASER: Raptors - ½ & Under229Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Toronto Raptors vs L.A. Lakers

The Raptors have lost two straight tough road games and I bet they are going to come out swinging tonight against a Lakers team they are supposed to beat. The sportsbooks seem to realize how fast the Lakers are playing this season, and with a pace of more than 107 possessions per game, the NBA Odds favor the Raptors at -5 ½, with a total of 224.

Even though the Lakers own the fastest pace in the NBA, their offense ranks near the bottom of the league. Plus, their defense has actually been pretty good, allowing just 103.2 points per 100 possessions.

The Raptors, on the other hand, have a much better offense, and a better defense. Plus, they have gone up against two tougher defensive opponents in their last two games and shot the ball at just 44.3%.

Even though I’m not sold on the Raptors at -5 1/2, we can tease them down to – ½, and move the total up to 229 points in order to pair the pick em' spread with an under play.

The Raptors have cashed the under in their last two games and in three of their last four games against the Lakers. Look for a more defensive game despite the higher pace tonight.  

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