NBA FREE Play - RAPTORS vs SPURS
This is a FREE play on the Toronto Raptors.
Just two weeks ago, the Raptors had only four wins over the first six weeks of the season, since then they have won five straight. Injuries to two of their best players haven't seemed to slow them down, in fact, since Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani went down, the Raptors have been a much better team.
Jose Calderon has done an excellent job filling in at the point, he's averaged 14.2 points and 10.7 assists over his last six games. DeMar DeRozan has also stepped up his game, he's the Raptors leading scorer, averaging 18 points per game this year. He has been very successful in previous games against the Spurs, averaging 27.8 points in his last four games versus San Antonio.
The Raptors pushed the Spurs to the brink the last time these two teams faced each other, losing a thriller in double overtime by a score of 111-106 in San Antonio. DeRozan scored 29 points in that game, while starting center Jonas Valunciunas also chipped in with a career high 22 points. Valunciunas will not be available in this Boxing Day matchup, he's sidelined with a broken finger.
While the Raptors are banged up, they do have a history of playing well against the Spurs. San Antonio has only covered the points in three of the previous 10 head to head meetings between these teams. Today's spread is far higher than it was in any of those previous games.
It might not be that easy for the Spurs to get up for a game against the Raptors on the day after Christmas, and we could see a sluggish performance from the Spurs. If they do come out and build a big lead, it would not be surprising to see Popovich rest his aging stars in the second half.
The line opened with the Spurs as a 14 point favorite, but has since been bet down to 13 at most books. The Raptors have not lost any of their previous 10 meetings with the Spurs by more than 11 points.
With history on their side, going up against a Spurs team that doesn't really have anything to prove, with a coach that isn't shy about resting his veterans, I like the Raptors getting over a dozen points.
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- December 7, 2016 - 7:30 PM
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- betonline @ 100 Minnesota
1* Minnesota (7:35 ET): Though only 4th in their own division (Central), I actually have the Wild rated as the top team in the Western Conference right now. After concluding a three-game trek though Western Canada w/ a 2-1 win over Edmonton on Sunday, I believe the team has been severely mispriced as they get set to hit the other end of the country
Ironically, Toronto also just concluded a three-game trip through Western Canada. Like the Wild, they beat Edmonton, but lost to Vancouver and Calgary. Unlike the Wild, the Leafs' trip started in Edmonton and worked its way West. Though 10-9-5 overall, Toronto still finds itself in last place in the division as the Atlantic is shaping up to be quite challenging this year. While they've been far better at home than on the road, the Leafs still don't deserve to be the ML favorites in this matchup. They are just 5-11 SU playing w/ three days rest by the way. They are 28th in goals allowed plus were shutout in Calgary last week. The goaltending they'll face here is far stiffer.
What I like about Minnesota is the fact they are 2nd in the league in goals allowed and first in save percentage. Paced by Devan Dubnyk (league leader at .948), the Wild have outscored opponents so far by 15 goals. Dubnyk already has four shutouts and his GAA is 1.63. It's a massive edge for him over Toronto's Frederik Andersen. The Wild have won all five meetings with the Maple Leafs the last three seasons, including a 3-2 home win back in October. Great value here on the better team. 1* Minnesota