Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. LA Clippers
Records: Raptors (27-38), Clippers (43-22)
Where to Watch
Date: Tuesday, May 4
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV: RDS 2 / TSN 4/5
Location: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
The road trip comes to an end.
Following matchups with the Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers, the Raptors close their four-game Western Conference road trip on Tuesday against the Clippers.
The Clippers enter the contest having lost three straight games, but they've been playing at a high level since the All-Star break, going 19-8 on the strength of the league's second-ranked offence and sixth-ranked defence. They're currently tied with the Denver Nuggets for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with seven games remaining in their season. While the Nuggets own the tiebreaker, which will become a factor if the two teams finish the season with the same record, the Clippers have the benefit of an easier remaining schedule.
For the Raptors, they're still in the mix for the Play-In Tournament despite dropping two of their three games in this road trip. With seven games remaining in their season, they sit three games behind the Washington Wizards for 10th place in the Eastern Conference. It's a big gap with so few games remaining - it doesn't help that Washington has been on fire lately, winning eight of its last 10 - but the Raptors still have one meeting remaining with the Wizards.
In addition to being an important game for both teams for seeding purposes, Tuesday will mark Kawhi Leonard's third time playing against the Raptors since leaving the franchise for the Clippers in free agency.
Leonard struggled in his first meeting with the Raptors, going 2-for-11 from the field and committing a career-high nine turnovers. He found a rhythm in the second, leading LA to a 20-point win in Toronto with 23 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Kawhi (23 PTS) led the Clippers to a W in his return to Toronto! 💪#ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/Wd4njL5WJ5- NBA TV (@NBATV) December 12, 2019
Leonard is having another strong season, averaging 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game on a career-best 51.7 percent shooting from the field.
As of 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, May 4
- OG Anunoby (left calf strain) - Doubtful
- Chris Boucher (left knee sprain) - Out
- Gary Trent Jr. (left leg contusion) - Doubtful
- Paul Watson (left knee tendinitis) - Out
- Serge Ibaka (lower back tightness) - Out
- Patrick Beverley (left hand fracture) - Out
- Amir Coffey (Health and Safety Protocols) - Out
Raptors vs. Clippers: Betting odds, spread, over/under
Spread: Raptors +9.5 (-110), Clippers -9.5 (-110)
Raptors Money line: +400
Clippers Money line: -500
Over/under: 221.0 (-110)
Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book
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