An inter-conference matchup highlights the late slate on Monday as the 2-7 Toronto Raptors are in Portland for a battle with the 5-4 Blazers from the Moda Center. Tip-off is set for 10:00pm EST. This is the one and only meeting between these two teams this year after splitting two games last year, with the road team winning on both accounts.
Toronto Raptors Betting Preview: Road Rage
Monday’s game in Portland will mark the final game of a four-game west coast swing for the Raptors that began on January 6. This getaway game precedes a five-game “home stand” as, of course, Toronto is playing their home games in Tampa Bay this season amid the pandemic. Over the weekend, it was announced that neither the Raptors or the NHL’s Lightning will have fans at the Amalie Arena until February 5 at the earliest due to a spike in coronavirus cases.
Toronto sits in last place in the Atlantic Division, 4.5 games behind first-place Philadelphia and already a full two games behind Brooklyn for fourth. The Raptors have allowed an average of 117 PPG during the current road swing, though they did set a franchise-record on Friday with 144 points in a win over the Kings.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Preview: Pick Your Poison
The Portland backcourt is rolling. But not always together. Damian Lillard went off for 39 points against the Wolves on Thursday, then CJ McCollum dropped 37 against the Kings on Saturday. Either Lillard or McCollum has led the Blazers in scoring in all of the teams’ nine games this season. McCollum is the NBA’s third-leading scorer and both guards are in the top five in three-pointers made.
The opposite end of the floor is a different story, though. Defensively, the Blazers are having issues, especially when the second unit comes in. When Carmelo Anthony and Enes Kanter play together, the Blazers allow 115.9 points per 100 possessions. And as a whole, Portland is sixth from the bottom in PPG allowed.
Raptors vs. Blazers Betting Odds & Lines
MyBookie lists the Blazers as 5-point favorites in this one, with an over/under of 230.5. This one will rival Phoenix-Washington for the highest posted total of the night by the time the games tip off. Toronto is not only 2-7 SU, but also 2-7 ATS and 1-5 to the number away from Tampa. Portland is 4-5 ATS overall and just 1-3 at home against the number.
Free Betting Pick
Early on, this is clearly not the same Raptors team from the past two seasons. They were able to weather the storm of losing Kawhi Leonard last year, but the losses of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka had a bigger impact than most expected this year. Fred VanVleet has stepped up to lead the team in scoring, but Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam’s struggles have tossed their names in trade rumors.
Expect a lot of points in this game between two teams who don’t defend particularly well. The getaway factor is huge here as well, as it will be tough for the Raptors to be motivated on the defensive end in the final game of this west coast trip. The Blazers are 2-0 ATS in their last two, covering as 10 and 5.5 point favorites. And now they catch the Raptors in a very vulnerable spot.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Blazers -5 and OVER 230.5.