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Raptors and Clippers looking to bounce back

Tuesday, December 11 at 10:30 PM ET

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Coverage: NBA TV

The Toronto Raptors visit the Los Angeles Clippers, with both teams looking to get back on track. The Raptors suffered back-to-back losses against the Nets (in overtime) and the Bucks by a combined six points while the Clippers lost 96-86 on the road against the Grizzlies and then were crushed 121-98 against the Heat at home.

Despite the recent losses, there's still plenty of hype around Kawhi Leonard, and for good reason. The two-way star leads the Raptors with 26.1 points and 8.3 rebounds and he's getting better with every game that passes after dealing with a season-long injury drama last year.

There's way less hype around Tobias Harris, who is having a breakout start to his season, leading the Clippers with career-highs of 21.0 points and 8.4 rebounds as of Monday. Harris is making 50.4 percent of his shots, including 40.5 percent of this 3-point attempts. He won't likely challenge the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kawhi Leonard for NBA MVP but his matchup with Leonard will be must watch and it can go a long way in determining the winner of this game.

The Clippers will be playing the second game of a back-to-back after visiting the Suns on Monday and I really like what they're doing this season but Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) and Jerome Robinson (foot) are questionable against the Raptors, who will be ready to set the tone for their longest remaining road trip while forgetting about their recent setbacks. 

Toronto is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and this is a good spot for them to get back in the win column. The Clippers give up 116.8 points per game in the second game of a back-to-back and the Raptors will be more rested, they have a deeper, healthier team and their offense ranks 5th in the NBA, averaging 115.4 points per game.

NBA Pick: Raptors at Jazz Sports

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