The Toronto Raptors host the visiting Los Angeles Clippers at the Air Canada Centre tonight in what should be an entertaining game to watch. The Clippers come into tonight with the 5th-best record in the gruelling Western conference (33-17), while the Raptors enter the game with an identical record, good enough for 2nd in the weaker Eastern conference. Per The Score, Toronto is 4-1 at home against the Clippers in their past five games, which should provide Raps fans with some optimism coming into tonight’s contest.
The Clippers are playing on the second night of a back-to-back after falling to LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers last night 105-94. Some controversy sparked when Clippers point guard Chris Paul was criticized by the media after controversial comments he made regarding last night’s performance of a female referee in Cleveland. Hopefully for the Clippers sake Paul can focus solely on basketball in tonight’s game and move on from comments that appeared to form a gender-bias of sorts. The Clippers need Paul to anchor the team’s offense so they can get back to winning ways after dropping their past two contests.
The Raptors have more concerns going into tonight’s game after they got annihilated at home Wednesday night by the Brooklyn Nets, especially in the second half when they were outscored 60-42. The Raps repeatedly let opposing players get right into the teeth of the defense and in turn had very poor rim protection, which is an issue that needs to get fixed sooner rather than later. The Clippers have a formidable power forward in Blake Griffin who should feast on weak interior defense.
I predict the Clippers win tonight despite the early season success the Raps had against them in Los Angeles. LA will need their perimeter marksman Matt Barnes and the crafty guard Jamal Crawford to be on point tonight if that prediction is going to come true.
You can catch the game’s 7pm tip-off on Sportsnet One.