2019-20 NBA – Los Angeles Clippers @ Toronto Raptors Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Los Angeles Clippers @ Toronto Raptors taking place? Thursday 12nd December, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Los Angeles Clippers @ Toronto Raptors taking place? Scotiabank Arena

What channel is Los Angeles Clippers @ Toronto Raptors on? ESPN (USA), Fox Sports Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), TSN (Toronto)

Where can I stream Los Angeles Clippers @ Toronto Raptors? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, WatchESPN, Fox Sports GO

Where can I get tickets for Los Angeles Clippers @ Toronto Raptors? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Los Angeles Clippers 98 – 88 Toronto Raptors

THE TEAM NEWS

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

  • The Clippers are coming off a dominant 110-99 away win over the Indiana Pacers and that win created yet another winning streak for the California-based franchise. Owners of a 4-1 mark in their last five games, the Clippers currently sit in second place of the Western Conference with a 18-7 mark.
  • Kawhi Leonard didn’t play against the Pacers due to a minor knee problem, but he is expected to return ahead of this contest. JaMychal Green, Rodney McGruder and Landry Shamet have all been deemed as questionable, while Amir Coffey has been sidelined.
  • Leonard has been Los Angeles’ go-to guy on offense, but fans should also keep an eye on Paul George. The former Pacers star scored 36 points against Indiana on Monday, and he is averaging 23.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals in only 29.7 minutes per game.

TORONTO RAPTORS

  • The Raptors ended a three-game losing skid with a tight 93-92 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday, although they still own a 2-3 mark over their last five games. Owners of a 9-2 mark at home, the Raptors are now fifth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 16-7 record.
  • Combo guard Fred VanVleet has been listed as questionable due to a knee injury alongside Stanley Johnson and Patrick McCaw, while Matt Thomas remains out until the end of December.
  • Pascal Siakam, who scored 22 points against the Bulls the last time out, is Toronto’s main scoring threat. The power forward is averaging 22.4 points and 7.8 rebounds over his last five games. He is posting career-high marks in points (24.5), rebounds (8.4), assists (3.6), steals (0.9), blocks (0.7) and minutes (36.9) per game this season.

THE PREDICTION

This is a tough game to call since these teams are two of the best in the NBA at the moment. The Raptors were one of the best home teams in the league until recently, but they enter this game coming off two straight losses at Scotiabank Arena while dealing with some inconsistencies. On the other hand, the Clippers are trending in the right direction and they should get a major boost with the return of Kawhi Leonard to Toronto. It will probably be a low-scoring game given both teams’ defensive toughness, but the Clippers should secure the win here.

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