In this high caliber duel between two of the three best teams of each conference, the second in the East Toronto Raptors (45-17), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the third in the West Portland Trail Blazers (38-23), who have been red-hot and want to extend their current lengthy winning streak.
Date/Time: 03-01-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -5
Toronto Raptors have a 45-17 record (27-35 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. They have won eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they won at home against the Celtics with a 118-95 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 26.8 ppg, adding 7.6 boards per game. He is followed by Pascal Siakam with 16.3 ppg and 7 boards per game.
Portland Trail Blazers have a 38-23 record (35a-26 against the spread) so far this season and re currently tied with the Thunder in the third place of the West. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Celtics with a 97-92 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 26 ppg, adding 4.6 boards and a team high 6.4 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21 ppg and 4.1 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Blazers won at home with a 128-122 score. Raptors have a 26-6 home record, while the Blazers are 14-15 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 114.2 ppg to Blazers’ 113.5 and defensively, allowing 108.7 ppg to Blazers’ 109.9. They also have a better field goal percentage (46.9% to 46.5%), while Blazers have a better 3-point percentage (36% to 35.1%). Blazers are better in boards grabbed (47.8 to 45.2), while Raptors are better both in dimes made (24.9 to 22.8) and in turnovers committed (13 to 13.4. Raptors are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -5 (-107)
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