Raptors head into Clippers matchup in ATS slump at sportsbooks

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts as time runs out during second half NBA basketball action against the Milwaukee Bucks, in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Frank Gunn/CP)

The Toronto Raptors have managed to cover the posted spread at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com in just one of their last six games and will be looking to overcome a bout of adversity when they open a West coast road trip against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Toronto also hits the road with just one straight-up win in its past four outings after dropping a 104-99 decision as five-point home favourites on the NBA odds to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, but continues to lead the NBA with a 21-7 record going into Tuesday night’s matchup at Staples Centre.

Point production has emerged as an issue for the Raptors of late. The team has averaged just over 105 points per game in its past five outings, which represents a steep decline from its previous eight contests, in which they posted an average of 120.2 points per game.

Those numbers have contributed to a five-game run for the UNDER at betting sites. As well, the Raptors are 3-4-1 against the spread in their past eight road contests.

Point guard Kyle Lowry has been particularly responsible for the team’s scoring slump, scoring just 15 total points over his past four outings after averaging 16.4 points per game in his previous five appearances. However, Lowry has been a solid contributor on the road recently, topping 20 points in two of his past three games away from Scotiabank Arena.

The Raptors have also dropped three of four to Los Angeles, including a 96-91 loss as six-point chalk in their most recent road date with the Clippers in December 2017. The Clippers came out on the wrong end of a 121-98 decision against Miami in their last home date, but have otherwise been among the toughest home teams in the NBA this season, racking up a 9-2 SU record.

The Clippers are also a solid 8-3 ATS on home hardwood this season, including outright victories over Golden State and Milwaukee, both as home underdogs.

Following Tuesday’s contest the Raptors head north for a Wednesday night date with the Warriors before moving on to Portland on Friday, and then closing out their road trip with a visit to Denver on Sunday.

The Raptors rose to the occasion in a 131-128 overtime win over Golden State as 9.5-point home chalk on November 29, but have lost 13 straight on the road against the Warriors since February 2004 according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

As well, Toronto has failed to cover during a 3-4 SU run against the Nuggets but has dominated the Trail Blazers during a six-game SU win streak.

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