Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Records: Raptors (20-30), Lakers (31-19)
Where to Watch
Date: Tuesday, April 6
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Less than 24 hours after earning a thrilling victory over the Washington Wizards Monday, the Raptors are right back in action as they continue a four-game homestand as they host the Lakers.
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Moment: For The Win 🤟🏽- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 6, 2021
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While it's an injury-ridden Los Angeles team that will be without the All-Star duo of Anthony Davis and LeBron James, among others, Tuesday night presents a different challenge for Toronto, which has struggled on the second end of back-to-backs this season. Coming into Tuesday, the Raptors are 1-8 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.
As it looks to reverse its misfortune from this year, Toronto will also be shorthanded as Kyle Lowry remains out with a toe infection and Fred VanVleet's status is day-to-day due to a right hip flexor strain. In their absence, DeAndre' Bembry, Malachi Flynn and Gary Trent Jr. have handled the majority of the backcourt duties and have thrived as of late.
Freddy loves it pic.twitter.com/g8i3tRjab4- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 6, 2021
While Trent capped off a 16-point performance with a game-winner on Monday, Bembry finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and five rebounds while Flynn came off the bench to tie a career-high with 16 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks.
Toronto's backcourt will be a key as it has an opportunity to face off against Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Talen Horton-Tucker and Dennis Schröder, who handled backcourt responsibilities in the Lakers' most recent loss to the LA Clippers.
The Lakers, who have lost six of their last nine, have relied heavily on Montrezl Harrell, who finished with 19 points and six rebounds on Sunday against the Clippers. While undersized, Harrell has the interior skillset to take advantage of the Raptors' issues in the paint.
Toronto is also set to face a familiar face in Marc Gasol, who is averaging 4.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in under 20 minutes per game this season.
After a difficult month of March, the Raptors could string wins together to open April and stay in the hunt for a play-in spot in the Eastern Conference, while the defending champion Lakers are looking to reverse recent misfortune to avoid falling into the play-in range.
- Jalen Harris (right hip pointer) - Out
- Rodney Hood (right hip soreness) - Day-to-day
- Patrick McCaw (left knee swelling) - Out
- Paul Watson (Health and Safety Protocols) - Out
- Kyle Lowry (right foot infection) - Out
- Fred VanVleet (hip) - Day-to-day
- Anthony Davis (right calf strain) - Out
- Andre Drummond (right big toe contusion) - Questionable
- Jared Dudley (right MCL tear) - Out
- LeBron James (right ankle sprain) - Out
- Wesley Matthews (neck contusion) - Questionable
Raptors vs. Lakers: Betting odds, spread, over/under
Spread: Lakers -1.0 (-110), Raptors +1.0 (-110)
Raptors Money line: -105
Lakers Money line: -115
Over/under: 208.5 (-110)
*Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book
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