Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Where to Watch
Date: Saturday, Aug. 1
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV: Sportsnet ONE (Canada), ESPN (United States)
Location: The Arena (Disney's Wide World of Sports), Orlando, FL
On March 24, the Los Angeles Lakers were set to take on the Raptors in their one and only trip to Toronto this season.
With the season being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, that trip was postponed. The Raptors and Lakers will instead meet for the second time this season in Orlando in what will be Toronto's first of eight seeding games ahead of the 2020 NBA Playoffs and the second for the Lakers.
In the first meeting between Toronto and Los Angeles this season, the Raptors defeated the Lakers in a 113-104 thriller despite being down two key players in Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. Pascal Siakam led the way with 24 points, albeit on 9-for-25 shooting from the field, while Fred VanVleet chipped in with 23 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
The Raptors didn't have an answer for Anthony Davis, who went off for 27 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, three assists and two steals, but they were able to make life difficult for LeBron James. After James got off to a strong start, the Raptors limited him to four points on 1-for-8 shooting from the field in the second half. It helped the Raptors come back from a double-digit deficit to snap a seven-game winning streak for the Lakers.
Based on the NBA's matchup data, Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had the most success against James. Now at full strength, it will be interesting to see if Nick Nurse and the Raptors can contain him once again.
The Raptors will be using these eight seeding games to regain their rhythm ahead of the playoffs. They'll also be looking to hold on to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, with the Boston Celtics currently trailing them by three games.
The Lakers are comfortably in No. 1 in the Western Conference, but the losses of Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo have opened up opportunities for others, namely Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith. How they play in the eight seeding games could determine whether or not they are a part of the team's rotation in the playoffs.
An injury report will be made available closer to tip.
- Prior to the season being suspended, the Lakers ranked fourth in offence and third in defence compared to 12th in offence and second in defence for the Raptors.
- LeBron James is leading the NBA with 10.5 assists per game this season. He's set to lead the league in assists for the first time in his career.
- We had Anthony Davis second in our Defensive Player of the Year rankings behind only Giannis Antetokounmpo before the season was suspended. Davis is averaging 2.4 blocks and 1.5 steals per game this season.
- Davis gave Siakam trouble in the first meeting between the Raptors and Lakers this season, limiting him to one point on 0-for-8 shooting from the field on the possessions they were matched up with one another.
- FiveThirtyEight's RAPTOR gives the Lakers a 63 percent chance of winning this game.
Last Time They Played
Date: Nov. 10, 2019
Score: Toronto Raptors 113, Los Angeles Lakers 104
Raptors: Pascal Siakam - 24 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST, 3 BLK
Lakers: Anthony Davis - 27 PTS, 8 REB, 4 BLK, 3 AST
|1||x - Milwaukee Bucks||53-12||-||1||x - Los Angeles Lakers||50-14||-|
|2||x - Toronto Raptors||46-18||6.5||2||x - LA Clippers||44-21||6.5|
|3||x - Boston Celtics||43-21||9.5||3||x - Denver Nuggets||43-22||7.5|
|4||x - Miami Heat||41-24||12||4||x - Utah Jazz||42-23||8.5|
|5||x - Indiana Pacers||39-26||14||5||x - Oklahoma City Thunder||40-24||10|
|6||x - Philadelphia 76ers||39-26||14||6||x - Houston Rockets||40-24||10|
|7||Brooklyn Nets||30-34||22.5||7||Dallas Mavericks||40-27||11.5|
|8||Orlando Magic||30-35||23||8||Memphis Grizzlies||32-33||18.5|
|9||Washington Wizards||24-40||28.5||9||Portland Trail Blazers||29-37||22|
|11||New Orleans Pelicans||28-37||22.5|
|12||San Antonio Spurs||27-38||22.5|
x - Clinched Playoffs Berth
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