The Raptors (-128) travel to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers (+106) in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:00 ET at the Moda Center. The over/under line is set at 225 points.

Toronto (-2) enters the game as the favorite and is currently 12th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 23-40. The Raptors have lost two straight games. As for the Blazers, they are 14th in the Western Conference and have lost three straight.

TORONTO RAPTORS VS PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Toronto Raptors -2

This game will be played at Moda Center at 10:00 ET on Saturday, March 9th.

WHY BET THE TORONTO RAPTORS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-106 in favor of the Raptors.
  • Our projections have RJ Barrett finishing with RJ Barrett points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Raptors finishing with a field goal percentage of 44.6% and knocking down 11 threes.

Pressure Builds for Toronto as Away Favorites

In their most recent game, the Raptors fell to the Suns by a score of 120-113. The combined scoring in the game was 233, which was below the over/under line of 237.

Toronto’s ATS record for the season is 30-33, and they have covered the spread in three straight road games. Today, they are favored by 2 points and have gone 9-12 ATS as the favorite.

So far this season, the Raptors have an O/U record of 33-29-1. In games with an O/U line higher than 225, their games have averaged 232.1 points. Today’s line is set at 225.

Toronto is currently 12th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 23-40. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 16-23 and 1-11 against their division. The Raptors have lost their last two games.

The Raptors are currently 17th in the NBA in scoring at 114.1 points per game. However, they have been better on the road, averaging 117.2 points compared to 111.2 at home. So far, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in 46% of their games.

In terms of pace, Toronto is 13th in the league at 99.3 possessions per game. They are also one of the top teams in the NBA in two-point field goal attempts, ranking 4th in the league.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Raptors are 24th in the league in three-point percentage at 35%. Overall, they are shooting 47% from the field, which is 15th in the NBA.

Currently, the Raptors’ defense holds the 22nd rank in the NBA, allowing 118.0 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Raptors defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 56.0% while allowing 37.4% from downtown.

Can the Trail Blazers Pull Off a Home Win?

In their last three games, the Trail Blazers have gone over the O/U line, and today’s line is set at 225 points. On average, their games have finished with 223.8 points this season.

Portland’s ATS record for the season is 29-33, with a 12-19 ATS record at home. As the underdog, they have failed to cover the spread in their last three games and are 28-28 as the underdog.

Portland lost their most recent game to the Rockets by a score of 123-107. The O/U line for that game was 218.5 points, and the Trail Blazers were getting 6.5 points going into the game.

This season, Portland is 17-45 and currently 14th in the Western Conference. Against other Western Conference teams, they are 8-35 and 1-14 against division opponents.

At 107.8 points per game, the Trail Blazers are 28th in the NBA in scoring. They have been especially poor from beyond the arc, hitting just 35% of their three-point attempts (26th).

Portland has been one of the worst shooting teams in the league overall, making just 44% of their shots (29th). However, they have been effective on the offensive glass, ranking 5th in the NBA in offensive rebounds.

When playing at home, the Blazers have averaged 108.8 points per game compared to 106.7 on the road. In terms of pace, they are 20th in the league at 97.8 possessions per game.

At present, the Trail Blazers’ defense is ranked 17th, allowing 116.0 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Trail Blazers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 58.1% and allowing 35.2% from beyond the arc.