San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors Predictions, Money Line & Picks
- The San Antonio Spurs are looking to strengthen their position and close in on eighth in the Western Conference.
- The Toronto Raptors sit two games out of Play-In Tournament position.
- The Spurs won their earlier meeting with the Raptors this season, 119 to 114.
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The Toronto Raptors’ shooting has been suspect as of late and they’ve struggled with Lowry and Vanvleet unavailable. The Spurs on the other hand have been excellent on the boards and shot the ball well in their last two victories.
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How to Watch San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors
|San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors Information|
|What||San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors|
|Where||Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida|
|When||7:30 PM EST, April 14th, 2021|
|How to Watch||TSN, Bally Sports Southwest – San Antonio|
Head-to-Head: San Antonio Spurs vs Toronto Raptors
|San Antonio Spurs||Head-to-Head||Toronto Raptors|
|Gregg Popovich||Head Coach||Nick Nurse|
|26-26 (9th in West)||Standing||21-34 (11th in East)|
|110.8 (19th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.5 (13th of 30)|
|111.9 (11th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.1 (13th of 30)|
|98.9 (17th of 30)||Pace||99.6 (12th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Derozan (21.2)||PPG||P. Siakam (20.6)|
|J. Poeltl (8.0)||RPG||P. Siakam (7.1)|
|D. Derozan (7.1)||APG||K. Lowry (7.3)|
|D. Murray (1.6)||SPG||F. Vanvleet (1.7)|
|J. Poeltl (1.6)||BPG||C. Boucher (2.0)|
|J. Poeltl (.630)/D. Derozan (7.3)||FG%/FGM||F. Gillespie (.600)/P. Siakam (7.4)|
|D. Vassell (.392)/P. Mills (2.6)||3P%/3PM||P. Watson (.455)/F. Vanvleet (3.3)|
SAS: Play Classic Spurs Basketball
Unsurprisingly, the San Antonio Spurs play well when they share the rock, take care of the ball, and set a good defensive standard from the outset. They accomplished all three in their last game.
The Spurs blew out the Magic in their last game, 120 to 97. San Antonio got off to a hot start, outscoring the Magic 28 to 16 in the first quarter. With 30 assists on 48 field goals, the Spurs saw every player contribute to their points total – with six scoring in double figures.
The Toronto Raptors are a much better team than their record shows, with a positive point differential despite their losing record. The Raptors can score the ball, so if San Antonio lets them get their offence going early it could be a long night.
Spurs Key Player: (G) Demar Derozan
DEROZAN CALLS GAME 🚨 pic.twitter.com/Bq5MYDN4qb
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 12, 2021
It’s always a fun event when a player faces their former team, and there are fewer beloved players in Raptors history than Demar Derozan. Now building his legacy with the Spurs, Derozan is leading the Texas outfit to a playoff return.
In his last outing against the Magic, Derozan posted 19 points, six assists, and two rebounds in 25 minutes of play.
DeRozan is averaging 22 points, 7.6 assists, and 7.4 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors throughout his career. He always steps up his game against his former club, so expect another big outing from him against the struggling Raptors.
TOR: Better Shots Selection
The Toronto Raptors have fallen far from their projected record, mostly due to a difficult post-All-Star record. A recurring issue in their losses is their inability to hit from range, compounded by a lack of playmaking.
In their last meeting with the Atlanta Hawks, a loss, the Toronto Raptors were 10 of 39 from three-point range, despite shooting 65.3% on two-point field goals.
The lack of playmaking for the Raptors is apparent, as both Kyle Lowry and Fred Vanvleet have missed multiple games of late. Pascal Siakam is doing admirably with his chance creation, but without proper ball movement, they haven’t been able to find the right shots.
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Raptors Key Player: (G) Malachi Flynn
Holy Flynn pic.twitter.com/NfJgV7a81X
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 14, 2021
The Toronto Raptors have had significant injury and health issues with their roster this season, particularly with their point guards. In their absence, Malachi Flynn has flashed impressive potential.
In his last game against the Hawks, Flynn posted 22 points, five rebounds, and three assists. He’s shown excellent shooting ability, solid playmaking, and fast feet on defence – a more than welcome skillset for the production-starved Raptors.
Flynn is still a rookie, but to beat the Spurs he’ll have to show a veteran savvy when taking on their defence. He must be available to support Siakam as a shooting option, as well as a play initiator to win this game.
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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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