First place Raptors clobber Lakers, Bucks topple Kings

Game Preview Raptors vs Suns        Holly Mac Kenzie

Toronto is wasting no time making a strong argument that it could be the top Eastern Conference team this season.

Leonard, who left the Raptors' game against the Phoenix Suns in the fourth quarter on Friday night and didn't play on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers, reportedly tested his ankle with a brief appearance in the shootaround but was ruled out with persistent left ankle soreness about 90 minutes before tipoff.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said a star's absence, as counterintuitive as it might sound, can actually help that player's team in the short term.

Though the final scoreline saw the Raptors win by just 14 points, the Lakers never really threatened to win the game.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse and Leonard have both previously said they do not consider the injury serious, according to TSN. His shot wasn't falling early - just 2-6 in the first half - but he scored 12 points on 7-7 from the free throw line, and grabbed six boards before halftime.

Check out the daily offering of Best Bets from the WagerTalk Handicapping Team (we also suggest checking out the Pick Your Team Program). Will see what happens as the season goes on, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals this season if this keeps up.

Toronto's caution is understandable, given Leonard missed all but nine games with the San Antonio Spurs last season due to tendinopathy in his right quad.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists in a win over the Sacramento Kings, including this brutal dunk over compatriot Kosta Koufos.

Once their starters had seized command, the Raptors worked some of their reserve players into the contest.

Toronto Raptors have a 10-1 record (6-5 against the spread) so far this season and now sit in the first place of the East. The Kings, though, also allow 119.3 points against a night, which is 26th in the National Basketball Association ...

The Kings average 118.7 points a game, which is the fourth-highest total in the Association ...

Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and added 15 assists, breaking the franchise record of seven consecutive games of double-digit assists in the process. He averaged 24.0 points during the winning streak.

He has provided a spark with his play on both ends of the court. "We thought about going back to Lonzo", Walton said after the victory.

The 76ers committed 28 turnovers and are now 0-5 away from home this season.

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