The Duel

Raptors Visit Clippers at Staples Center on Monday Night Riding Impressive California Winning Streak

Mike Esposito
Sacramento Kings v Toronto Raptors
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Despite losing Kawhi Leonard in free agency, the Toronto Raptors have yet to take the step back that many pundits expected and as of Monday afternoon, are the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 7-2 record. They may not slow down any time soon either, as a recent trend could indicate that Toronto will find itself in the win column once again on Monday night.

The Raptors, who are slated to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, are an impressive 8-0 when playing in the state of California since a Dec. 11, 2017 loss to, oddly enough, the Los Angeles Clippers. That streak also includes a 4-0 record against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle arena.

The Clippers are currently 9.5-point home favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but there's a chance that the Raptors can defy the odds and keep their impressive streak going.

While dominant, the Clippers have struggled to put up points at home this year, averaging 110.3 points per game (PPG) as hosts (No. 18 in the NBA). Meanwhile, Toronto, led by Pascal Siakam, has been slightly better when playing on the road this year, averaging 110.8 PPG away from home (No. 12 in the NBA).

The Raptors' dominance of California teams on the road is an interesting trend worth noting for bettors, but that doesn't mean that a win over the Clippers on Monday night is all but guaranteed. Anything can happen on any given night and with Kawhi Leonard on the floor, the Clips are a tough matchup for anyone.