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Raptors vs Clippers: Competing to Improve Their Place in Their Respective Conference

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated March 8, 2023
15 min read
  • The Toronto Raptors are coming off of a controversial loss in their last game.
  • The LA Clippers look to build off a win in their last game.
  • The Clippers won their last match against the Raptors, 124-113.

The Toronto Raptors and LA Clippers continue their newfound rivalry when they face off on Wednesday night! The Toronto Raptors are ninth in the Eastern Conference, owning a 32-34 overall record and a 12-21 road record. The LA Clippers are eighth in the Western Conference with a 34-33 overall record and a 16-15 home record.

This will be the second and last meeting between the Toronto Raptors and LA Clippers this regular season. The last time these two sides met, the LA Clippers earned a 124-113 win over the Toronto Raptors. Hosted at crypto.com Arena, the LA Clippers will have home court advantage for this matchup.

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Toronto Raptors vs LA Clippers Prediction

Head-to-Head: Toronto Raptors vs LA Clippers

Toronto Raptors
Head-to-HeadLA Clippers
Nick NurseHead CoachTyronn Lue
32-24 (9th in East)Standing34-33 (8th in West)
L-W-L-WFormW-L-L-L
114.9 (13th of 30)Off Rtg114.1 (19th of 30)
114.4 (19th of 30)Def Rtg114.3 (17th of 30)
97.2 (26th of 30)Pace97.9 (22nd of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

P. Siakam (24.7)PPGP. George (23.7)
J. Poeltl (8.9)RPGI. Zubac (10.1)
F. VanVleet (6.9)APGR. Westbrook (8.3)
O. Anunoby (1.9)SPGR. Westbrook (1.5)
J. Poeltl (1.7)BPGI. Zubac (1.3)
J. Poeltl (.750)/P. Siakam (8.9)FG%/FGMM. Plumlee (.813)/K. Leonard (8.4)
M. Flynn (.378)/F. VanVleet (3.0)3P%/3PMK. Leonard (.413)/P. George (2.9)

Injury Report

PlayerTeamDateStatusInfo
Otto Porter Jr.Toronto Raptors10 Jan 2023Out (Foot)The Raptors announced that Porter Jr. underwent season-ending surgery on his left foot.
Norman PowellLA Clippers04 Mar 2023Out (Shoulder)Powell will undergo treatment for an injured shoulder.

Spread: LA Clippers -3.5 (-110) @ WynnBet

The LA Clippers and Toronto Raptors are competing to improve their place in their respective conference. The Toronto Raptors are ninth in the East with a 32-34 overall record and have won six of their last ten games. The LA Clippers are eighth in the West with a 34-33 overall record while dropping seven of their last ten games.

While the Toronto Raptors allow their opponents to shoot efficiently from the field, they still limit their opponents to 112.1 points per game (7th in the NBA) and force 16.6 turnovers per game (2nd in the NBA). Despite the loss, Toronto must build on a positive performance in their last game, scoring 113 points on 50.0% shooting from the field and 37.0% from three-point range. 

The LA Clippers are a solid team when controlling the pace, limiting teams to 113.0 points per game (13th in the NBA) on 87.8 field goal attempts per game (12th in the NBA) while converting on 12.8 threes (9th in the NBA) on 37.7% efficiency (6th in the NBA). The Clippers earned their first win in six games in their last match, scoring 135 points on 52.9% from the field and 41.4% from three-point range.

This matchup between two usually defensive teams is tighter than many will realize. We're taking the Clippers in this matchup because their offense has been impressive, despite their struggle to close games. Against a Raptors team that has inconsistent scoring, the Clippers' combination of pace and defense should earn them the win.

Total: Under 229.0 (-110)  @ DraftKings Sportsbook

Neither the Toronto Raptors nor the LA Clippers are known to have high-powered offenses. Through 66 games, the Toronto Raptors combine for 224.7 points per game on a plus-0.5 points differential. The LA Clippers average a combined 225.7 points per game on a minus-0.3 points differential.

Through Toronto's last five games, they've averaged a combined 219.2 points on a minus-5.4 points differential as they've allowed their opponents to shoot 51.3% from the field. The LA Clippers have been in similarly poor form, averaging a combined 238.4 on a minus-7.2 points differential. Both teams have lost more games than they've won in their last five.

The last time these two teams met, they combined for 237.0 points in a 124-113 win for the Clippers. Given the Raptors' improved defense since the All-Star break, don't expect the scoreline to be as high as it was in their late-December meeting. Despite the Clippers' increased pace, they and the Raptors will likely fall short of the 229.0 points total.

How to Watch Toronto Raptors vs. LA Clippers

  • Who: Toronto Raptors and LA Clippers
  • Where: crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  • When: 10:00 PM EST, Wednesday, March 8th, 2023
  • How to Watch: ESPN
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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