If there was one game that San Antonio Spurs (33-26) fans really wanted to see their team win at home, it was their January 3 game against the Toronto Raptors (43-16) —and Kawhi Leonard. Leonard didn’t exactly handle things well his final season in San Antonio and on his way out and left a bad taste in the mouth of many fans.
San Antonio won that night thanks to a triple-double from DeMar DeRozan and a tremendous defensive effort by the whole team. But this time the game is in Toronto, and so far, this season the Spurs have struggled on the road (11-19).
They finished up a five-game road trip before the break that saw them go 1-4. The only win came in the last game, a one-point victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Toronto, on the other hand, has been excellent at home this season (24-5). They went into the break riding a six-game winning streak including their last three home games.
So—who’s going to win?
Both teams should go into the game as healthy as they have been since the start of the season. Kawhi Leonard had a banged-up knee before the break, but he looked fine during the All-Star game.
Motivation played a factor in San Antonio’s win back in January, but this time it is going to be more about the overall skill and talent on each team. While the Spurs are an excellent team, Toronto is just a little bit better this season.
Take Toronto to win over San Antonio. The Spurs were favored by 3.5 in January, but this time, the Raptors should be a small favorite. Expect them to cover the spread if it is five points or less.
As for the over/under– last time it was 218, and the over was covered. If the total is 225 or less, take the over.