Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 5-4-2021 - Winners and Whiners

The Raptors are looking for a second straight win at the Staples Center pulling off a road upset in their 121-114 win over the Lakers on Sunday. The Raptors were shorthanded, but Pascal Siakam scored 39 points and Kyle Lowry added 37 while no one else scored more than 14 points for Toronto. The Clippers are looking to find some momentum as they have lost three consecutive games after losing 110-104 at home to the Nuggets on Saturday.

If the Raptors win and cover as road underdogs, they will need Lowry and Siakam at their best. OG Anunoby (calf) and Gary Trent Jr. (leg) are doubtful to play Tuesday while Chris Boucher (sprained MCL) remains out indefinitely. Fred VanVleet (injury maintenance) is also listed as day-to-day, and his status is worth monitoring as the Raptors have frequently rested him lately.

With a handful of their best players uncertain to play or out, the Raptors must get quality performances from Lowry and Siakam again on Tuesday. The Raptors don’t have much firepower surrounding these two (the three starters alongside them on Sunday were Stanley Johnson, Khem Birch, and rookie Malachi Flynn, respectively, and these three combined to shoot 1-18 from the field with just four total points), and they will need to play well for the Raptors to have a chance to cover.

With key defenders like Anunoby and VanVleet possibly out, the Raptors will need to either step up defensively or make more shots to compensate for their lesser defensive talent on the perimeter. The Raptors rank 23rd in defensive rating over the last two weeks as they have allowed opponents to score 116.2 points per 100 possessions in their last seven games.

If the Clippers snap their three-game losing streak and cover, they will need to continue winning the three-point battle. Serge Ibaka (back), Patrick Beverley (hand), and Amir Coffey (health and safety protocols) are all out for the Clippers on Tuesday.

While the Clippers defense has gone from the fifth most efficient unit to the 12th most efficient defense, they have remained an elite team as their offense has improved. The Clippers ranked second in offensive efficiency last season (114.2), but they are scoring five more points per 100 possessions this season as their offense is the second-most efficient unit in the NBA (119.2). They also have the second-highest effective field goal percentage (57.0%) in the league.
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