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NBA : ATS Matchup
Sunday 12/8/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




TORONTO (6 - 12) at LA LAKERS (10 - 9)
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Sunday, 12/8/2013 9:35 PM
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810LA LAKERS-6-5.5
TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games6-12-8.37-1111-797.349.142.4%51.698.747.546.3%51.6
Road Games3-6-2.45-46-397.949.742.0%50.798.747.945.9%55.1
Last 5 Games0-5-7.40-54-196.250.842.8%47.2104.451.848.9%50.0
TORONTO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.349.135-8342.4%7-2134.0%20-2677.2%521317237145
vs opponents surrendering98.549.137-8344.5%7-2136.2%18-2375.6%511121218155
Team Stats (Road Games)97.949.735-8442.0%8-2137.2%19-2479.5%511216257135
Stats Against (All Games)98.747.537-8046.3%7-2135.7%17-2372.1%521023237155
vs opponents averaging98.748.937-8145.3%7-2036.5%18-2474.6%511121218155
Stats Against (Road Games)98.747.936-7945.9%7-2233.8%18-2767.2%551022226156

LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games10-9+5.512-611-8101.351.744.1%52.5102.852.444.6%57.3
Home Games6-4+67-25-5102.251.245.3%52.698.849.644.2%54.9
Last 5 Games3-2+2.64-14-1106.053.446.3%49.0105.252.444.2%57.6
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)101.351.738-8644.1%11-2640.7%15-2072.3%521024227146
vs opponents surrendering10049.538-8345.4%8-2136.5%17-2374.7%511122218155
Team Stats (Home Games)102.251.239-8645.3%10-2539.8%14-1973.8%53925217146
Stats Against (All Games)102.852.439-8844.6%7-2136.3%17-2569.7%571225189134
vs opponents averaging101.350.338-8445.4%8-2136.8%18-2474.7%521122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)98.849.638-8744.2%7-2035.2%15-2268.2%551125179143
Average power rating of opponents played: TORONTO 96.3,  LA LAKERS 96.1
TORONTO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/1/2013@ ATLANTA95-102L3.5L195O40-8845.5%541236-7746.8%5213
11/2/2013@ MILWAUKEE97-90W-1W190.5U31-7839.7%661737-8444.0%4613
11/6/2013@ CHARLOTTE90-92L-2.5L187U35-7944.3%471236-7349.3%498
11/8/2013@ INDIANA84-91L8.5W187.5U32-8139.5%481536-7846.2%4815
11/11/2013@ HOUSTON104-110L7W203.5O38-11433.3%621337-8444.0%8623
11/13/2013@ MEMPHIS103-87W6W185.5O31-6746.3%411335-8242.7%5417
11/20/2013@ PHILADELPHIA108-98W-4W204O36-8641.9%491034-7644.7%5720
12/3/2013@ GOLDEN STATE103-112L7.5L201O40-7751.9%431840-7950.6%4112
12/6/2013@ PHOENIX97-106L3.5L199.5O35-8740.2%46837-8245.1%6316
12/8/2013@ LA LAKERS              
12/10/2013SAN ANTONIO              
12/14/2013@ CHICAGO              
12/20/2013@ DALLAS              
12/22/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/23/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              

LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/29/2013LA CLIPPERS116-103W10W202.5O42-9345.2%641941-8349.4%4916
10/30/2013@ GOLDEN STATE94-125L12.5L206O35-8939.3%471646-8653.5%5715
11/1/2013SAN ANTONIO85-91L7.5W208.5U30-8236.6%581238-9440.4%6112
11/5/2013@ DALLAS104-123L9L213O39-8844.3%471449-9452.1%5512
11/7/2013@ HOUSTON99-98W13.5W216U36-9239.1%592429-7737.7%6817
11/8/2013@ NEW ORLEANS85-96L9.5L202U31-8038.7%571438-8743.7%558
11/12/2013NEW ORLEANS116-95W3.5W199O44-7955.7%601934-8440.5%3813
11/13/2013@ DENVER99-111L9.5L208O37-9439.4%641440-10040.0%748
11/22/2013GOLDEN STATE102-95W4.5W202.5U39-8247.6%431434-8241.5%6218
11/26/2013@ WASHINGTON111-116L5.5W198O44-8353.0%381646-8752.9%4910
11/27/2013@ BROOKLYN99-94W2.5W199.5U34-8540.0%601031-8337.3%5212
11/29/2013@ DETROIT106-102W5.5W202O36-8045.0%521744-10044.0%7013
12/6/2013@ SACRAMENTO106-100W4W202.5O41-8647.7%471237-8643.0%5915
12/13/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/14/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
12/16/2013@ ATLANTA              
12/17/2013@ MEMPHIS              
12/21/2013@ GOLDEN STATE              
12/23/2013@ PHOENIX              
TORONTO: GUARDS: KYLE LOWRY was banged up last season, but he enters this year healthy and has the potential to be one of the league's best two-way point guards . . . DEMAR DEROZAN does a nice job attacking, but he's a flawed player unless he develops a jump shot . . . The Raptors want TERRENCE ROSS to attack the basket more often. But whether he develops a three-point shot could determine where he fits into this rotation . . . After a disastrous season in Indiana, D.J. AUGUSTIN will have to earn his rotation spot. Toronto could use his shooting, though . . . DWIGHT BUYCKS comes back from Europe to back up Lowry . . . Versatile JULYAN STONE is an interesting bit piece, as he reunites with GM Masai Ujiri, who brought him to Denver. FORWARDS: Despite all that talent, RUDY GAY's poor shot selection and disinterested defense will have him on the trading block . . . AMIR JOHNSON will get another chance at full-time minutes. Despite some inconsistency, he still has the upside to be a good rebounder and shot-blocker . . . TYLER HANSBROUGH brings toughness and a decent mid-range jumper. He's a second-unit talent, but could challenge Johnson for minutes . . . LANDRY FIELDS is a well-compensated reserve . . . STEVE NOVAK gives them a legitimate shooter among the second unit . . . Toronto will try to shake some of that upside out of AUSTIN DAYE . . . QUINCY ACY will move to the three, likely making this a redshirt year. CENTERS: JONAS VALANCIUNAS is set to become Toronto's new centerpiece. Talented enough for them to run the offense through him, he's rapidly improving on both ends of the court . . . AARON GRAY will stick around as a decent back-up, a 7-footer who can get in the way defensively.
LA LAKERS: GUARDS: KOBE BRYANT is 35 and coming off a ruptured Achilles. Even if he is ready for the season opener (as expected), Achilles injuries have drained the athleticism out of younger men . . . STEVE NASH enters the year healthy, but the training staff has discussed a minutes cap for the 39-year-old point guard . . . NICK YOUNG could grab that other starting wing spot, opposite his boyhood idol. How those two gunners could co-exist is something we'd love to see . . . STEVE BLAKE looked good in this offense last season, but is strictly a back-up . . . JODIE MEEKS might shoot his way into a much bigger role this season . . . XAVIER HENRY will need to prove a lot to earn himself minutes . . . What are you complaining about, Lakers fans? You got JORDAN FARMAR back! FORWARDS: PAU GASOL should benefit from the departure of Dwight Howard, who never bought into head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense or even tried to mesh with Gasol. D'Antoni's up-tempo, Euro-style system is perfectly suited to Gasol's strengths. And when Nash sits, they can run a lot of sets through their big man . . . WESLEY JOHNSON will have a chance to grab the vacant small forward spot. The former No. 4 overall pick has been a big disappointment through three seasons, but he looked decent as a spot-up shooter last seasons . . . JORDAN HILL will be the first big man off the bench in a thin frontcourt rotation. He can rebound and clean up around the basket a bit . . . ELIAS HARRIS keeps the Gonzaga connection going . . . SHAWNE WILLIAMS has had success for D'Antoni, but he is far removed from his days contributing for the Knicks. CENTERS: CHRIS KAMAN is the consolation prize after Dwight Howard's departure. Yes, it's a monstrous downgrade talent-wise, but as a skilled 7-footer, Kaman at least fits D'Antoni's system better . . . ROBERT SACRE has a chance to develop into a useful back-up center.
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*Raptors-Lakers Preview* ========================


Toronto (6-12) at Los Angeles (10-9), 9:30 p.m. EDT

Kobe Bryant's torn left Achilles healed up just in time for the Los Angeles Lakers' star guard to try sending Toronto home with another loss at Staples Center.

The future Hall of Famer will make his season debut Sunday night against the Raptors, a team he's gone 13-1 against at home in his career - including 10 straight wins.

"I don't feel like I have any limitations really," Bryant said after Thursday's practice as he prepares to play for the first time since suffering the injury on April 12 in a home win over Golden State.

"The change of gear is not quite where I want it to be, but it's easy to compensate through that and go out there and be effective."

While he might be eased into full minutes, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni expects what he always has from Bryant.

"That he'll be a dominant player," D'Antoni said.

That's been especially true against the Raptors.

Toronto (6-12) is one of two teams Bryant has a career scoring average of better than 28 points against, and his career-high 81 points on Jan. 22, 2006 came against them at Staples Center. He scored 41 in the last meeting, a 118-116 home win on March 8.

With wins in six of their last eight since Nov. 17, the Lakers (10-9) find themselves without much of a hole to dig out of in the Pacific Division after a 4-7 start. Friday's 106-100 win at Sacramento ensured they'd have a winning record when Bryant returned.

Six Lakers scored in double figures, led by Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks with 19 each. Meeks made two 3-pointers in the final minutes and went 5 of 6 from beyond the arc.

The Lakers have nine players averaging at least 8.3 points. Gasol's 14.5 leads the way, but that's almost certain to change with the franchise's all-time leading scorer returning.

"We knew at the beginning of the season we were going to have to do it by committee," Meeks said. "We don't have any superstars. Our superstar is coming back Sunday, but 19 games we didn't, so we had to share the ball."

Bryant is unlikely to be sharing any minutes in the Lakers' backcourt with Steve Nash just yet. Nash's return from nerve damage in his back remains unknown and D'Antoni referred to him playing Sunday as doubtful.

With the departures of Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, Bryant is joining quite a different team than the one he played for last year.

"We've developed some guys that are really going to contribute a lot, and it might not have happened if (Bryant) was here," D'Antoni said. "You have to look at the bright side of it. Now we just have to get him back to the level that he's capable of playing."

The Raptors will look to spoil the party and close out a three-game road trip by snapping a five-game losing streak.

Their latest disappointment came Friday in a 106-97 loss at Phoenix. Amir Johnson scored a team-high 22, while Rudy Gay had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Toronto was outrebounded 53-36, including 18-11 on the offensive glass.

"We did a decent job of getting stops," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said, "but then didn't get the rebounds. That's about toughness, that's about attention to detail."

Power forward Tyler Hansbrough leaving the game in the first quarter with a sprained left shoulder didn't help. He was scheduled to have it evaluated Saturday in Los Angeles.

With or without Bryant on the court, Casey said his team needs to worry first about fixing their own issues.

"We got to worry about us, no matter who we're playing," he said.

And no matter who the opponent is, Bryant's expectations for Game 1 of his comeback remain simple.

"Just come out and win a game."

Last Updated: 1/21/2019 12:20:51 PM EST

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