Check out our free Raptors vs Trail Blazers pick and preview for this NBA game in Portland. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Raptors vs Trail Blazers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Toronto Raptors at Portland Trail Blazers
- Where: Portland at Moda Center
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds POR -5, TOR +174 | POR -215 O/U OFF
The Raptors come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 22-28. So far, the team has gone 25-25-0 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Toronto has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.
Toronto is trying to bounce back from a 129-117 loss to the Warriors. Going into this game, the team was 4 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Even though Toronto trailed by just 1 point at halftime, they struggled in the 2nd half and ended up losing by 12. In the loss, Fred VanVleet led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 55.0%.
So far, the Trail Blazers have put together an overall record of 23-25, while going 26-22-0 vs the spread. The Trail Blazers entered today’s game having picked up 2 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 15.0 points per game.
The Trail Blazers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Jazz by a score of 134-124. Heading into the game, they were 3 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Although Portland held just a 2 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 10 point victory. In the win, Damian Lillard led the team in scoring with 60 points on a field goal percentage of 72.4%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Raptors averaged 109.0 points per game vs the Trail Blazers. On the other side, Portland saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Raptors, as they averaged 116.0 points per game in these matchups. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Trail Blazers hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just 2 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 226 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Raptors come into today’s game as the 20th ranked scoring offense at 112.7 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Raptors are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.5 per contest. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 21st in made field goals per game.
So far, the Raptors have played well defensively, as they are ranked 7th in the league at 107.1 points per contest.
Power-Foward Pascal Siakam currently leads the Raptors at 25.1 points per game. For the season, he is 34th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.8% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Siakam is averaging 8.2 boards and 6.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 2nd ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Gary Trent Jr. enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 43 games, he is averaging 18.6 and is 156th in the league in player efficiency rating.
This season, the Portland offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 114.0 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.6 per contest. Even though the Trail Blazers are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 37.6%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.
Against the Raptors, the Trail Blazers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 27th in points allowed.
This season, the Trail Blazers offense has primarily worked through Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 36 games, Lillard is 6th in the NBA at 30.1 points per game. So far, him and Simons have accounted for 44% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 51.900000000000006 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Anfernee Simons is grabbing 2.8 rebounds for Portland to go along with 4.0 assists.
Raptors vs Trail Blazers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Raptors +5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF