|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Wednesday, 04 February 2009 00:00|
Basketball betting handicappers are aware, however, that the bet on basketball oddsmakers are fully aware of the perception for this game and will set a large number. This could be a tough basketball betting spot for the Los Angeles Lakers as they may very well be looking ahead to their huge showdown with the Boston Celtics, which is the very next night after this game.
Beyond that, the Lakers have an irritating habit of often taking teams such as Toronto lightly and suffering bet on basketball losses as a result. The Lakers had an overall basketball betting record of 37-9 straight up and just 23-23 against the basketball betting lines.
As a basketball betting chalk Los Angeles was in the red with a mark of 20-23 against the spread. The Lakers had a bet on basketball away mark of 10-9 against the spread with an over/under mark in road games of 10-9 over the total.
Los Angeles seemed to be priming themselves for their matchup with Boston as they closed January with 4 payoffs against the spread in five games.
A basketball betting fact of life with the Lakers is that, as one of the most popular teams on the board, they are over valued far more often than not and couple that with such an unattractive opponent as Toronto and you have a strong possibility of making a basketball betting overlay.
The Toronto Raptors have had a train wreck of a basketball betting season so far as they had an overall basketball betting record of 19-30 straight up and 19-28-2 against the basketball betting lines. The Raptors have been a poor basketball betting commodity at home as they covered just 7 out of 23 games as a host so far this season.
Toronto had an offense that ranked just 20th overall in the league, which was a definite basketball betting concern. Toronto has been an ineffective dog as they covered just 12 out of 29 games when getting points this season.
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