Clippers vs. Raptors Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 8 (Kawhi Leonard's Three-Pointers Give Toronto Trouble)
Clippers vs. Raptors Game Info
- Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
- Time: 10:00 PM ET
- Venue: Crypto.com Arena -- Los Angeles, California
- Coverage: ESPN, BSSC, and SportsNet
The LA Clippers (34-33) aim for back-to-back victories when they host the Toronto Raptors (32-34) in one of seven NBA matchups lined up for Wednesday, March 8.
The Clippers finally put a five-game losing streak behind them with a hard-fought 135-129 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Raptors continue their five-game road trip following a 118-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets that saw them blow leads as big as 10 points.
Will the Clippers prove that their latest victory wasn't just a fluke? Or do the Raptors have what it takes to improve to 2-2 on their trip?
Clippers vs. Raptors Odds & Spread
- All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: TOR: (+120) | LAC: (-142)
- Spread: TOR: +2.5 (-106) | LAC: -2.5 (-114)
- Total: 230 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
The Clippers enter this contest as slim home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 230 points with -110 odds on both sides.
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Clippers vs. Raptors Betting Trends
- The Clippers covered 38 times in 82 matchups with a spread last season.
- The Raptors' ATS record as underdogs of 4 points or more was 12-8 last season.
- Clippers games hit the over 40 out of 82 times last season.
- There were 41 Raptors games (out of 82) that hit the over last season.
Clippers vs. Raptors Prediction & Pick
Beating the Clippers has been tough for the Raptors in recent years. Toronto has dropped five of its last seven matchups against LA, including a 124-113 loss at home back in December. The Clippers dominated the Raptors on the glass in that game (47-39) while also sinking 15 of their 38 three-point attempts (39.5%).
Though the Raptors have improved since then, they're only averaging 44.3 rebounds over their last three games (sixth-worst). On top of that, they're still a bottom-four team when it comes to both field-goal and three-point percentages allowed. After the Clippers finished with .529/.414/.943 shooting splits against the Grizzlies, it's safe to say that Raptors could be in trouble.
Boasting momentum from beating the Western Conference's No. 3 team, look for the Clippers to keep their feet on the gas pedal.
Final Score Prediction: Clippers: 118 | Raptors: 114
Clippers vs. Raptors Best Bet
For tonight's best bet, I'm looking at Kawhi Leonard to damage his former team from the perimeter. His projected three-point total for tonight sits at 2.5, which won't be too big for him to surpass.
After all, Leonard has been heating up from distance lately, averaging 3.1 three-pointers on 58.3% shooting while hitting the over six times during his last nine games. With the Raptors also allowing the 10th-most threes to small forwards, I'm confident that he'll have a strong performance from downtown tonight.
Bet: Kawi Leonard — Threes Made: Over 2.5 (+104)
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