Los Angeles Clippers at Toronto Raptors odds, picks and prediction

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The Toronto Raptors (27-41) play host to the Los Angeles Clippers (45-23) one night after being eliminated from playoff contention. Tuesday’s tip-off at Toronto’s 2020-21 season home of Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., will be shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Clippers-Raptors odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Raptors were knocked out of the playoff chase by the Indiana Pacers’ 111-102 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday.

They didn’t do much to help their own postseason case since the All-Star break and limp into Tuesday as losers of six of their last seven games.

The Clippers remain motivated to hang onto the third seed in the Western Conference. They look to shake off Sunday’s 106-100 loss to the New York Knicks.

Los Angeles beat Toronto 105-100 at home last week. The Raptors managed to cover the spread as 11-point underdogs and the total came in comfortably below a 217.5-point projection.

Clippers at Raptors: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 11:40 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Clippers -750 (bet $750 to win $100) | Raptors +525 (bet $100 to win $525)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Clippers -12.5 (-110) | Raptors +12.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 217.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

Clippers at Raptors: Key injuries

Clippers

  • PF Serge Ibaka (back) out

Raptors

  • Chris Boucher (knee) questionable
  • SF OG Anunoby (calf) out
  • SG Rodney Hood (hand) out
  • PG Kyle Lowry (rest) out
  • PF Pascal Siakam (shoulder) out
  • PG Fred VanVleet (hip) out
  • PG Paul Watson (knee) out

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Clippers at Raptors: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Clippers 116, Raptors 101

Money line (ML)

Hard PASS on the money line.

The Clippers will win this game, but there’s no way to justify laying the -750. If you don’t have the bankroll to bet $750 to win $100, you’re not going to get there by betting $10 to win $1.33, either.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The Raptors lost all possible motivation with Monday night’s official elimination from the playoffs.

They’re responding by sitting five of their top-six active scoring leaders, either due to injuries or rest while looking ahead to the draft lottery.

Bet the CLIPPERS -12.5 (-110) to beat the Raptors with a little more authority than they beat them last week in a win by 13 or more points.

L.A. is at nearly full health and is looking to stay ahead of the Denver Nuggets with just three games remaining after Tuesday.

Over/Under (O/U)

Slight lean to the UNDER 217.5 (-105) if betting the O/U.

The Clippers are just 1-2 ATS when laying 12.5-14.5 points and rarely run up the score. There’s little reason to expect much offense from the Raptors as the Clippers have plenty of defenders capable of containing any bench player who could get hot.

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