Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Records: Raptors (26-38), Lakers (36-27)
Where to Watch
Date: Sunday, May 1
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV: SN One
Location: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Just one day after the Raptors suffered a nail-biting loss to the Utah Jazz, they find themselves in another tough matchup against the defending champion Lakers.
And this time around, it appears they'll be taking on Los Angeles at full strength.
While LeBron James is listed as questionable on the injury report, the Lakers' superstar finally returned to action in their last game after missing 20 games with an ankle injury. James was just shy of a normal game's workload, playing 32 minutes in the contest while going for 16 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 3PT), eight rebounds, seven assists and one block.
Signature. pic.twitter.com/PiCdWutOUm- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 1, 2021
His return came in a losing effort to the Sacramento Kings, and as a result of the Dallas Mavericks' win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday, the Lakers have now fallen to sixth place in the Western Conference standings, giving this game a bit more meaning for their playoff seeding.
Superstar forward Anthony Davis is beginning to get comfortable on the court again, going for 22 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and three assists against Sacramento. Davis missed over two months of action with Achilles soreness and a calf strain, but he's upped his workload over the course of the last five games and appears to be past the point of a minutes restriction.
Fred VanVleet looked like himself in the Raptors' loss to the Jazz, going for 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, but with the way his body felt the last time he played in a back-to-back, Toronto is electing to rest their starting guard. However, Kyle Lowry's name is off the injury report as the Raptors' floor general will suit up for this showdown.
OG Anunoby should have his hands full trying to defend James, while Khem Birch may draw another challenging assignment in trying to slow down Davis.
With Toronto trailing the Washington Wizards by three games for the final spot in the Play-In Tournament with just eight games remaining, it will need every win it can get from here on out.
As of 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 2
- Chris Boucher (knee) - Out
- Gary Trent Jr. (leg contusion) - Out
- Fred VanVleet (hip) - Out
- Paul Watson (knee) - Out
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) - Probable
- Alex Caruso (back) - Questionable
- Anthony Davis (calf) - Probable
- Jared Dudley (MCL) - Out
- Marc Gasol (finger) - Probable
- LeBron James (ankle) - Questionable
- Kyle Kuzma (thumb) - Probable
- Dennis Schroder (health and safety protocols) - Out
Raptors vs. Lakers: Betting odds, spread, over/under
Spread: Raptors +7.5 (-110), Lakers -7.5 (-110)
Raptors Money line: +265
Lakers Money line: -325
Over/under: 217.0 (-110)
Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book
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