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Trail Blazers vs Raptors NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors
  • Where: Toronto at Scotiabank Arena
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds TOR -3, POR +125 | TOR -151 O/U 226.0

So far, the Trail Blazers have put together an overall record of 19-19, while going 22-16-0 vs the spread. The Trail Blazers come into the game in the middle of a 2 game losing streak, losing these matchups by an average of -8.0 points per contest.

Portland is trying to bounce back from a 108-99 loss to the Pacers. Going into this game, the team was 1 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Portland let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Anfernee Simons, as he contributed 20 points while hitting 35.0% of his shots.

So far, the Raptors have put together an overall record of 16-23, while going 18-21-0 vs the spread. Against the Trail Blazers, the Raptors are looking to break out of a 3 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -5.0 points per contest.

In their previous game, the Raptors were favored to win vs the Knicks. However, their 112-108 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. In the loss, Toronto got off to a slow start, trailing by 10 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Fred VanVleet, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 42.9% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

This season, the Trail Blazers will look to continue their strong play over Toronto, as they won both of last year’s matchups. Portland won game 1 of the series by a score of 118-114, and wrapped up the head-to-head meetings with a 118-113 victory. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Trail Blazers averaged 116.0 points per game vs Toronto, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Trail Blazers saw a boost in scoring, the Raptors averaged 109.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Portland. This figure was similar to season-long average. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the Trail Blazers. In these matchups, Portland has averaged 113 points per game, while allowing 109. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 222 points per game.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

This season, the Portland offense is ranked 20th in the NBA in scoring at 112.4 points per game. The Trail Blazers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.7 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Portland has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 14.7 turnovers per game.

On defense, the Trail Blazers will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 27th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

On offense, Anfernee Simons leads the Trail Blazers in scoring at 22.4 points per game, placing him 29th in the NBA. Overall, Simons has hit 44.0% of his shots while accounting for 21.4% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 1st in points allowed to shooting guards. At 22.3 points per game, Jerami Grant is the 2nd leading scorer for the Trail Blazers. For the season, he is 81st in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 49.1%.

This season, the Toronto offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 111.0 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Raptors will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.5 made 3’s per game. If Toronto continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 26th in the league in possessions 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 25.7 points per game. For the season, he is 28th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.9% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Siakam is averaging 8.4 boards and 6.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 1st ranked defense at defending power-fowards. OG Anunoby enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 35 games, he is averaging 18.3 and is 181st in the league in player efficiency rating.

Trail Blazers vs Raptors Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Raptors -3
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 226.0

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