(Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)
Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Lakers
6:30 PM Pacific time / 9:30 PM Eastern Time
Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes (Los Angeles) National: NBA League Pass
Line: Los Angeles Lakers + 7
Los Angeles Lakers: 3-13, 15th in the Western Conference
Toronto Raptors: 13-3,1st in the Eastern Conference
Record vs. each other (2013-14 season): Lakers were 1-1 versus the Raptors last season and yet to play this season.
Out: Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (leg), Ryan Kelly (Hamstring), Xavier Henry (Achilles)
Out: DeMar DeRozen (groin)
*injury updates via Rotoworld.com
- The Los Angeles have lost 4 games in a row and dropped to the bottom of the Western Conference. The Lakers blew one of their few chances for a win when they dropped a tightly contested game against the Timberwolves on Friday.
- Kobe Bryant shot efficiently in Friday’s loss, finishing with 26 points on 10 for 18 from the field, but missed the 3-pointer at the end the game that could have won the game for the Lakers.
- Jeremy Lin is starting to get in a really good groove of late. Lin is averaging 16.8 points, 6.5 assists, 2 steals and shooting 56 percent from the field in the last 4 games.
- The Raptors are 2nd in the NBA in scoring at 107.6 points per game and 2nd in offensive rating at 110.7.
- The Raptors are off to a surprising start, leading the Eastern Conference over the preseason favorites of the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavs; however, they were dealt a bad had this past week with the injury to DeMar DeRozen who is expected to miss 4 weeks with a torn tendon in his groin.
- The Raptors don’t shoot particularly well especially considering they are 2nd in the NBA in scoring. The Raptors shoot 45.4 which ranks them tied for 16th.
- Where the Raptors cause the most havoc is getting to the free throw line, ranking 2nd in the NBA in attempts at 29.4 per game and take advantage of their opportunities at the stripe, shooting 80.3 percent which ranks 3rd in the league.