Portland vs Toronto NBA Lines Analysis
On Friday night, the Portland Trail Blazers head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors. The Trail Blazers (33-29) are in second place in the Northwest Division and are coming off a 116-93 whipping in Boston on Tuesday night. The Raptors (40-19) are in first place in the Atlantic Division and just knocked off the Utah Jazz, 104-94 on Tuesday. Get the latest NBA online betting lines for this game here.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Toronto Raptors NBA Lines Analysis
When: Friday, March 4, 2016, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN Toronto
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com
NBA Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Raptors?
With their home win over Cleveland last week, the Raptors served notice that they are ready to contend in the East. After their home win over the Jazz, they have polished off 11 straight opponents at home, good for a franchise record. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan (32 and 31 points, respectively, against Utah) are proving to be a terrific offensive tandem for this team. Even though Utah led after one period, the Raptors were able to combine that offensive power with some shutdown defense to work their way back into the game, disrupting the Jazz’s offensive sets and getting multiple stops. That strategy should work against the Trail Blazers too.
Why should you put your money on Portland?
Don’t let that drubbing that Portland took in Boston downgrade their stock too far. The Celtics have won 12 straight at home now — and Portland had been a hot road team. Avery Bradley poured in 17, and Isaiah Thomas put in 30, torching Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum on defense, and then the Celtics clamped down on a high-powered Trail Blazers offense, holding them to just a dozen points in the third period. Portland is likely to learn their lessons on both sides of this game and return to their newly dominant form.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Raptors to make it 12 straight at home against Portland. Damian Lillard has made the Trail Blazers a contender in the West, but the Raptors are one of the East’s toughest teams right now. I’m picking Toronto to win, 108-102.