The Toronto Raptors will be looking to win two road games in a row for the first time since the middle of February when they battle the slumping Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday as 8.5-point road underdogs on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Toronto snapped a four-game straight-up losing streak on the road with Sunday's 121-114 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, but still remains desperate for wins as the team hits the hardwood for Tuesday night's matchup at the Staples Center in the midst of a race for the final play-in spot.
The Raptors overcame a first-quarter 10-point deficit to claim a decisive victory over the Lakers as 10-point underdogs. In addition to marking their biggest upset victory of the season, Sunday's win also gave the team a huge lift on the road, where they have been simply dismal this season. The Raptors had earned a SU win in just one of their previous 14 away contests, with eight of their 13 defeats during that stretch coming by double-digit margins.
While Toronto has now posted SU wins in six of its past 10 games overall, it has not been enough to boost its playoff chances. The Raptors opened the week stalled in 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings, 2.5 games back of the Washington Wizards in the hunt for a berth in the conference play-in tournament with just seven games remaining on their schedule. The Raptors also have work to do to overcome a two-game SU losing streak against the Clippers, and have posted just one SU win in four road dates with Los Angeles since 2015.
While the playoff situation looks difficult for the Raptors, the team has proven to be reliable at online betting sites in recent outings. Overall, Toronto has covered in seven of its past 10 contests, and also sports a steady 8-4 record against the spread over its past 12 dates with the Clippers.
That is particularly good news considering Los Angeles' recent struggles. The Clippers will be strong favourites in Tuesday's contest despite losing outright in each of their past three games, capped by a 110-104 loss to the visiting Denver Nuggets on Saturday as 5.5-point home chalk.
However, the Clippers have remained a force on home court this season, going 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in their preceding seven home dates, according to the OddsShark NBA Database, and rank sixth overall in the NBA this season with a 24-9 SU record on home court. The Clippers also sport an impressive 14-2 SU mark over their past 16 home dates while favoured by eight or more points, and have covered in six of their past eight games during that stretch.