Toronto Raptors versus LA Lakers Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 1-20-2013

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The 17-22 LA Lakers will be on the road to face the 14-26 Toronto Raptors in an NBA pro basketball game on Sunday afternoon. Tip off time from Toronto is scheduled for 1PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The NBA odds in this pro basketball game has the road team LA Lakers favored by -4 ½ points with an over under line of 204 ½ points. When the odds came out a few hours ago it as LA favored by -4 with the total of 204 ½ points. There has been a ½ point move on the Lakers.

The teams met once during the lockout season with the Lakers posting the 94-92 road win against the Raptors as a +4 point underdog. The game ended over 175 ½ points.

The Lakers are 5-12 straight up on the road this season. They have lost seven of their past nine games following a 99-90 home defeat on Thursday to the Miami Heat as a -3 point betting favorite. The game ended under 206 ½ points. It was the third straight game the Lakers held an opponent below 100 points. LA shot just 43% from the field and gave away the game missing 10 of 28 free throws with 20 turnovers. Kobe Bryant had 22 points but shot just 8 of 25 from the floor. They allowed Miami 48% shooting for the game. LA is the 26th ranked scoring defense in basketball by allowing 101 points a game.

The Raptors are 10-9 on their home court. The team too is struggling as they have lost four straight games. The defense has gone array for Toronto as they have given up an average of 108 points per game during the losing streak. They come off the 108-101 road defeat on Friday night at the Philadelphia 76ers as a +4 point underdog. The total landed over 190 points. Toronto gives away a 17 point lead at the half as they get outscored 29-13 in the third period. They give up over 51% shooting to the offensively anemic 76ers. Ed Davis had 18 points and 10 rebounds in a losing cause for Toronto. The Raptors are a bottom third team in offensive and defensive field goal percentage as well as a bad rebounding team ranking 28th in the NBA.