Raptors vs. Blazers Prediction
Will the Toronto Raptors go on the road and cover as a small favorite against the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at 10PM ET?
579 Toronto Raptors at 580 Portland Trail Blazers
Friday, December 14, 2018
10PM ET – Moda Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Raptors are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -4 points against the Blazers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 216.5 points. The public betting currently is split 50-50 for this game. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Raptors winning on the road
The Toronto Raptors have picked up impressive road wins over the Clippers and Warriors this week, winning each by at least 20 points. The Raptors are 23-7 on the season, 12-3 on the road, 15-15 against the spread and 17-13 with the over.
The Raptors are playing very well on both sides of the ball this season, averaging 115.6 points per game on offense while shooting 48.5 percent from the floor. On defense, Toronto is giving up 107 points per game while holding opponents to 44.3 percent shooting. The team will be without Jonas Valanciunas for at least a month with a thumb injury while Kawhi Leonard could miss another game with his hip injury. Leonard is averaging 26.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this year. Kyle Lowry is adding 14.2 points and 10 assists per game.
The Blazers have lost two straight and seven of their last 10 games coming into tonight. Their most-recent game was a 92-83 loss at Memphis on Wednesday night. Portland is now 15-13 on the season, 10-4 at home, 13-15 against the spread and 14-14 with the over/under total.
Portland is averaging 111 points per game on offense this season and the Blazers are second in the NBA in rebounding at 49.1 per game. Defensively, Portland is giving up 109.8 points per game while holding opponents to just 36.7 percent from the arc. Damian Lillard has been leading the team with 27 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. CJ McCollum is adding 22 points per contest while Jusuf Nurkic is posting 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Raptors are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games on 1 day of rest and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 against Northwest opponents.
The Blazers are 26-10 against the spread in their last 36 home games, but just 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
The Raptors have played surprisingly well, even without Leonard. However, the loss of Valanciuas could have a big impact tonight. It’s hard to replace a big center that can rebound, and that should open the door for Portland, which already is second in the NBA in rebounding. Their ability to control the glass should allow them to cover tonight, if not pull off the upset win outright.
NBA Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers +4