The Toronto Raptors (34-16) will be at home in Air Canada Centre when they go head-to-head with the Portland Trail Blazers (29-22). Toronto opened as a 4.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 214.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, February 2, 2018.
Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors ATS Preview
The Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls in their last outing, 124-108. CJ McCollum was the top scorer from either team with 50 points on 18-for-25 shooting. The Trail Blazers made 17 of their 20 free throws (85.0 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.652 (above their season average of 0.511).
In the Raptors last matchup, they were topped by the Washington Wizards, 122-119. Kyle Lowry was the top scorer from either team with 29 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Washington had an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 22.7). Toronto, on the other hand, was lights out from beyond the arc (12-29; 41.4 percent).
Toronto should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Toronto ranks fourth in the league at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 13.0 percent), while Portland forces the second-fewest turnovers (12.7 percent).
Of Portland’s 51 games, 30 have finished under the O/U total, while 25 of Toronto’s 49 games have finished over the O/U total. The Raptors have the superior straight up (SU) record (34-16 vs. 29-22) and a narrow edge against the spread (ATS) (26-23 vs. 25-21-5).
Jonas Valanciunas has been playing at a high level over the last five games for Toronto, averaging 15.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
These teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to score 184 points in that game, which was well under the projected point total of 211.5. The Raptors won 99-85, covering as 4-point underdogs. The Raptors dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0 and a superb turnover percentage of 8.7. For those same stats, the Trail Blazers were 13.3 and 12.8, respectively. Damian Lillard scored a game-high 36 points.
Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Trail Blazers, ATS Winner – Trail Blazers, O/U – Under
- The Raptors rank second in blocks per game (6.0) while the Trail Blazers rank 20th in blocks allowed per game (5.1).
- Toronto ranks 12th in assists per game (22.8) while Portland ranks 28th (19.2).
- Toronto ranks 10th in steals per game (8.2) while Portland ranks 27th (6.8).
- Toronto leads the league with 25.2 three pointers allowed per game while Portland is fourth with 25.9 three pointers allowed per game.
- Portland is 15-9-2 ATS on the road with 15 unders and 11 overs.
- At home, Toronto is 12-11 ATS with 12 unders and 11 overs.
- Portland is 17-4 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Toronto is 15-5.
- When reaching the century mark, the Trail Blazers are 24-12 and the Raptors are 31-9.
- The Trail Blazers average 12.8 second chance points per game, which ranks 11th in the NBA. The Raptors rank 28th in second chance points allowed per game (13.8).
- Toronto ranks seventh in fast break points per game (13.7) while Portland ranks last (6.8).
- The Raptors rank fourth in points off turnovers per game (18.4) while the Trail Blazers rank 26th (14.6).
- The Trail Blazers average 44.9 rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. The Raptors rank 13th in rebounds allowed per game (42.7).
- Toronto ranks fourth in points in the paint per game (48.3) while Portland ranks 24th (41.8).
- Toronto is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Portland is 4-0-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
- The Raptors average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.0, down from 7.0 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 111.8 points per game (6.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 103.0 points per game (0.1 below their season average).