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Raptors vs Lakers Picks: Toronto Desperate For A Win, LA Not So Much

The past two NBA champs battle in La-La-Land when the Toronto Raptors visit the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center Sunday.

Los Angeles is an NBA betting favorite at home, recently returning superstar forward LeBron James to the lineup.

Los Angeles had a lot of guys on the injury report ahead of a back-to-back (it plays Denver on Monday), but LeBron, who was listed as questionable, will be in the lineup and so will the majority of his supporting cast, including Anthony Davis .

The Raptors have faced some top-flight competition during this stretch, falling to Utah, Denver and Brooklyn, but are overcoming their own injury issues which have plagued their performance the past month.

Los Angeles has been solid at slowing those transition teams down on the year but got sped up against Washington’s similar style and fell 116-107 in DC last Wednesday.

The Raptors forced 21 turnovers from the Lakers in their previous meeting — a 110-101 loss at Toronto on April 6 — converting those mistakes into 21 points and pushing the final score over the total.

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