LA Clippers vs Toronto Raptors: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: LA Clippers at Toronto Raptors

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 7:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ESPN, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, TSN1/4/5 | AM 570 LA Sports, TSN Radio 1050 Toronto

LA Clippers (Away)

Head Coach: Doc Rivers {All-Time 912-665 | ORL, BOS, LAC}

Season Record: 18-7

Projected Starting Five: (G) Patrick Beverly – (G) Paul George – (F) Kawhi Leonard – (F) Maurice Harkless – (C) Ivica Zubac

Top Performers

  • (F) Kawhi Leonard – 31.1 MPG | 25.1 PPG | 7.9 RPG | 5.2 APG
  • (G) Paul George – 29.7 MPG | 23.9 PPG | 6.4 RPG | .419 3P%
  • (G) Lou Williams – 31.0 MPG | 20.0 PPG | 6.2 APG | .344 3P%

The LA Clippers are coming off of a win over the Indiana Pacers. While they almost gave the match away, they were still able to buckle down and win the day for themselves. Thanks to the efforts of Paul George, Kawhi Leonard’s rest was well warranted.

The Clippers showed their quality despite missing Landry Shamet, Rodney McGruder, and JaMychal Green, on top of Kawhi Leonard. Thankfully they had Montrezl Harrell to cover their reserve unit, despite an off night from Lou Williams.

The Clippers enter dangerous territory when they face off against the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors recently broke a three-game losing skid, and returning home to face their old teammate is more than enough motivation to put on a strong performance.

Toronto Raptors (Home)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 74-31 | TOR}

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kyle Lowry – (G) Norman Powell – (F) OG Anunoby – (F) Pascal Siakam – (C) Marc Gasol

Season Record: 16-7

Top Performers

  • (F) Pascal Siakam – 36.9 MPG | 24.5 PPG | 8.4 RPG | 3.6 APG
  • (G) Kyle Lowry – 37.3 MPG | 20.2 PPG | 6.9 APG | 4.8 RPG
  • (G) Fred Vanvleet – 36.6 MPG | 18.0 PPG | 7.0 APG | 2.0 SPG

The Toronto Raptors have hit a poor run of form as of late. After losing three straight games, they were able to get a gutsy victory against an inspired Chicago Bulls squad. Their shooting hasn’t been great, but the defensive side of the ball is where they need to recover.

The Raptors aren’t shooting efficiently, especially from three-point range. Their last match was a difficult scoring affair where the Raptors failed to reach 90 points. It is unknown if they’ll have Fred Vanvleet at this point, so their role players will have to step up.

When the Raptors face off against the Clippers it will certainly be an emotional night for fans. While Kawhi Leonard will receive his ring, it will be up to Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry to prove that they haven’t missed a step without him.

What’s at Stake?

Due to the relative youth of each respective franchise, and conference location, the Toronto Raptors, and the LA Clippers have met few times. In 47 regular-season meetings, the Toronto Raptors lead the all-time series 27-20.

A win for the LA Clippers would give them a game in hand over the third-place Dallas Mavericks, who are right on their tail.

A win for the Toronto Raptors would keep them fifth in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game back from their rivals the Philadelphia 76ers.

Questions to Answer

How can the LA Clippers continue their east coast road trip rolling?

Can the Toronto Raptors offense muster the efficiency to beat the Clippers?

We are going to compare the LA Clippers and the Toronto Raptors in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Clippers Tried Some New Defensive Schemes

Almost emulating their expected competition, the LA Clippers put together a new defensive game plan against the Indiana Pacers. While they have talented individual defenders, their lack of depth forced something new.

The Clippers played zone against the Pacer, not just a bit, a lot of zones. To the point that it was their go-to defensive scheme against the Eastern Conference team. It was good and bad, showing that they have some kinks to work out.

They lost the rebounding battle against the Pacers due to their zone, but may get away with it against a Raptors team that likes to play small ball. Toronto hasn’t been shooting the ball well, so the Clippers’ zonal defense may just win them the day.

Can the Raptors Speed Up Their Play?

Since the Raptors had Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry return to the lineup, they have struggled. It is no coincidence that they are struggling as well, seeing as they succeeded with them out of the lineup.

It is not to say that Ibaka and Lowry are unnecessary but more that the ball isn’t moving at the same pace as them on the court. The Toronto Raptors lead the league in fast-break points at 18.9 per game. However, in their last three, they are averaging only 15.0.

The additional hand to push the ball is clearly missing with Fred Vanvleet missing most of the last two games. Considering the Raptors only attempted 85 field-goals against the Clippers, down from their season average go 88.0, easy buckets in transition could power their offense.

Paul George Is On Another Level

In all the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles and the Kawhi Leonard saga, you’d be forgiven if you’ve forgotten about Paul George. After missing 11 games to open the season, he came back seemingly without a hitch.

His last game against the Pacers was brilliant. He contributed 36 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block in their 11 point victory. Most impressively, he hit a season-high seven three-point field-goals to swing the match in their favor.

All eyes will be on Kawhi Leonard’s return, but Paul George is someone to watch. He will be guarded by the impressive OG Anunoby, so he will have to show efficiency against one of the leagues’ best swarming defenses.

How Will the Raptors Rotation Differ?

The Toronto Raptors fielded a very different lineup last time they played against the LA Clippers. Both Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka were out, while OG Anunoby received an eye injury that took him out of the game with less than two minutes elapsed.

It was a break out game for the likes of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Chris Boucher though. While Boucher has found himself on the outskirts of the rotation with the return of Ibaka, he showed value in limited minutes against the Chicago Bulls.

While the status of Fred Vanvleet is still unknown, the Toronto Raptors are sure to try a number of different looks against the Clippers. They were surprised to be shorthanded last time out, but their full complement will present a whole new challenge for the Clippers.

LA Clippers Roster Notes

(F) Jamychal Green – 9 Dec 2019 – Out (Tailbone) – Green is listed as OUT for Monday’s (Dec. 9) game against the Pacers.

(F) Kawhi Leonard – 9 Dec 2019 – Out (Rest) – Leonard is listed as OUT for Monday’s (Dec. 9) game against the Pacers.

(F) Rodney McGruder – 9 Dec 2019 – Out (Hamstring) – McGruder is listed as out for Monday’s (Dec. 9) game against the Pacers.

(G) Landry Shamet – 9 Dec 2019 – Out (Ankle) – Shamet is listed as out for Monday’s (Dec. 9) game against the Pacers.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

(G) Fred Vanvleet – 9 Dec 2019 – Out (Right knee) – VanVleet is listed as out for Monday’s (Dec. 9) game against the Bulls.

(G) Matt Thomas – 26 Nov 2019 – Out (Finger) – Thomas will miss at least four weeks with a broken left ring finger.

(F) Stanley Johnson – 18 Nov 2019 – Out (Groin) – Johnson Jr. will miss at least two weeks with a groin injury according to Blake Murphy of The Atheltic.

(G) Patrick McCaw – 6 Nov 2019 – Out (Knee) – McCaw had surgery on his left knee and will be re-evaluated in a month, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Head-to-Head: (F) Kawhi Leonard vs (F) Pascal Siakam

Former teammates now turned opponents, the Toronto Raptors and the LA Clippers will pit their stars against one another.

Kawhi Leonard is coming off of a rest game, while Pascal Siakam has struggled in his last few outings. Their individual performances are the key matchup of the night.

(F) Kawhi Leonard (6-7, 230lb (201cm, 104kg) | San Diego State | 8 Years)

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 28 LAC 18 31.1 25.1 7.9 5.2 .447 .330

It is no coincidence that Kawhi Leonard was rested before his return to Toronto. After putting up 34 points and 11 rebounds against the Wizards, he was unsurprisingly absent against the Pacers.

Leonard will be receiving his championship ring on this night, but that doesn’t take away from what needs to be done. He was 2-11 against the Raptors last time out. For the Clippers to succeed, Leonard will have to enforce his offense against his former team.

(F) Pascal Siakam (6-9, 230lb (206cm, 104kg) | New Mexico State | 3 Years)

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 25 TOR 23 36.9 24.5 8.4 3.6 .458 .364

Pascal Siakam has proven himself to be a true All-Star this season. However as teams have begun to focus on his ability, he has struggled. Over the course of the Raptors’ three-game losing streak, Siakam only shot 38.9% from the field and 14.3% from three.

Spicy P also struggled in their last match against the Clippers, scoring only 16 points on 6-17 shooting. He’ll need to improve if he wants to defeat the Clippers this time out. His improvement getting to the free-throw line against the Bulls was a nice step, but he’ll have to do the same against a gritty LA defense.

LA Clippers at Toronto Raptors Predictions

Why the LA Clippers Will Win

The LA Clippers dominated the Raptors offensively last time out. It’s not surprising to see the odds in their favor. If their defensive consistency can hold out against a limited Toronto squad, they should be able to come out with a win.

Why the Toronto Raptors Will Win

The Toronto Raptors have been struggling to score the ball in recent games. While their defense has held up, scoring in critical moments hasn’t been their forte. If they can find some semblance of rhythm at home, they can take this game.

WSN’s Pick

The LA Clippers are coming off of back-to-back wins against the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers. Their offense has been unstoppable, and the Raptors’ run of play doesn’t suggest that they’ll be able to keep up.

WSN Picks: LA Clippers defeat Toronto Raptors.

LA Clippers vs Toronto Raptors Odds

The odds for this game are provided by bet365 NJ, Unibet NJ, and 888Sport NJ.

Good luck!

Money Line

Sportsbook Clippers Raptors
bet365 NJ -135 +115
888Sport NJ -121 +102
Caesars NJ -121 +102

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