Lakers vs. Raptors NBA final score prediction and odds for Tuesday, April 2 (Take a shot on LA)

Betting odds, pick and prediction for the Los Angeles Lakers-Toronto Raptors matchup in the NBA on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James. / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are in the thick of the play-in tournament race in the Western Conference, and they’re favored on the road against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Toronto has been banged up since the All-Star break, and the team has struggled mightily this season as a home underdog. With Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett expected to return to action on Tuesday, does Toronto have what it takes to pull off the upset?

The Lakers and LeBron James are certainly hoping they don’t, as Los Angeles is still within striking distance of the No. 8 or No. 7 seed, which means it could get two chances in the play-in tournament to make the postseason. 

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Let’s dive into the odds and my best bet for this interconference showdown on Tuesday night:   

Lakers vs. Raptors odds, spread and total

Lakers vs. Raptors how to watch

  • Date: Tuesday, April 2
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Scotiabank Arena
  • How to watch (TV): Sportsnet CA, Spectrum Sportsnet
  • Lakers record: 42-33
  • Raptors record: 23-51

Lakers vs. Raptors injury reports

Lakers injury report

  • Anthony Davis – questionable
  • Jaxson Hayes – probable
  • Jalen Hood-Schifino – out
  • LeBron James – questionable
  • Cam Reddish – out
  • Jarred Vanderbilt – out
  • Gabe Vincent – out
  • Christian Wood – out

Raptors injury report

  • Ochai Agbaji – out
  • Scottie Barnes – out
  • RJ Barrett – probable
  • Chris Boucher – out
  • Immanuel Quickley – probable
  • DJ Carton – out
  • Jakob Poeltl – out
  • Jontay Porter – out
  • Gary Trent Jr. – out

Lakers vs. Raptors key players to watch

Los Angeles Lakers

D’Angelo Russell: The Lakers rely on James and Anthony Davis, but D’Angelo Russell has been the X-Factor in the second half of the season. The former No. 2 overall pick is averaging 19.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game since the All-Star break, shooting 42.2 percent from 3 over that stretch. The Lakers’ lone loss in their last seven games came when Russell shot just 3-for-14 against Indiana. 

Toronto Raptors

Immanuel Quickley: Quickley has missed the last six games for Toronto, but he was carrying the offense before that with Scottie Barnes out. Since the All-Star break, the former University of Kentucky star is averaging 20.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. Can he return to that form tonight? 

Lakers vs. Raptors prediction and pick

The Lakers have struggled as road favorites this season, going 4-9 against the spread, but this is a cupcake matchup even with Barrett and Quickley returning to the lineup.

The Raptors are just 5-16 against the spread as home underdogs this season, and they’re still down three starters in Barnes, Poeltl and Trent Jr. in this game. 

For the Lakers, this game – and tomorrow’s meeting with Washington – are must wins if the team wants a shot at the No. 8 or No. 7 seed in the Western Conference standings ahead of the play-in tournament. 

Los Angeles has played well over its last 10 games, ranking 11th in the league in net rating while the Raptors have been downright awful, ranking dead last in that category at minus-16.7. 

As long as LeBron James and Anthony Davis suit up in this one, the Lakers should roll against an undermanned Toronto team. 

Pick: Lakers -12 (-110)

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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