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How To Bet On Lakers Raptors – Los Angeles is in for a Surprise When it Travels East

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/17/2013 5:59:43 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @ Toronto Raptors – Sunday January 20, 2013 1:00PM EST

The betting websites love to talk about games that are “traps” for certain teams. A trap is a game that looks like it should be an easy win for a team, but the opposition has other things in mind. A trap can wind up being an upset that could change the course of either team’s season. In the case of the Los Angeles Lakers, this upcoming trip to Toronto to play the lowly Raptors definitely qualifies as a potential trap.

The Toronto Raptors is not as wounded as the online casino bettors may think it is. If the Raptors has one strength, it is playing at home. Toronto has 14 wins this season and 10 of them have been at home. Toronto also seems to score more points at home than it does on the road. This is a young Raptors team that still has a lot to learn about winning basketball games and it is not a playoff contender by any stretch of the imagination. But there is enough to this game to make fans believe that a huge upset could be on the horizon for the Toronto Raptors.

Why the Lakers Will Win

The online sportsbook experts want to believe that the Los Angeles Lakers can pull itself up and get into playoff contention. Head coach Mike D’Antoni talks about this Sunday game being the start to a new season for Los Angeles and the team has to make a run if it wants to be a playoff team. The problem is that the Lakers come into this game with injury and confidence issues. The only player consistently scoring points is Kobe Bryant. Even the steadying presence of Steve Nash is not helping to pull this team together. Still, the Lakers has the talent it needs to win this game and get off to its new start.

Why the Raptors Win

There is nothing on the Raptors’ roster to indicate that the team can compete with the Lakers for a complete game. Leading into this week, Toronto had won six of its previous 10 games and had some impressive wins in that run. As with most of the success the team has had this season, many of those wins came at home. As the Lakers prepare to invade Toronto, it appears as though the Raptors are ready for Los Angeles.

The Bottom Line

It should be a huge stretch to predict that the Los Angeles Lakers could lose this game to Toronto. But considering how the Raptors has been playing lately and the problems that the Los Angeles Lakers has been facing, the idea that Toronto could steal this game from Los Angeles is not really as far-fetched as it may sound.

Pick: Toronto Raptors


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