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(29-22) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors (34-16)
Date: Friday February 2
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors 4.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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Friday February 2, the Portland Trail Blazers arrive at the Air Canada Centre to play the Toronto Raptors. The Blazers enter on the heels of an easy win over the Bulls. The Raptors beat the Wolves on Tuesday, but lost to Washington Thursday in the first game of the back to back set.
Last season, the Raptors swept the season series, took the first game in Portland this season and currently hold a five game win streak over the Blazers. The Blazers holds the all-time record having bested Raptors in 27 of their 42 matches.
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C.J. McCollum didn’t just score 50 points in the victory over Chicago; he did it in less than 30 minutes. McCollum was so hot early the game was virtually over after a 43-19 first quarter.
His backcourt partner Damian Lillard will suit up for the All-Star Game in LA after missing out for several seasons.
Portland are red hot having won 7 of their last eight games with a mixture of home and road victories. Although most of the W’s came against lottery squads the Blazers had quality wins against the Pacers and Wolves as well.
Jusuf Nurkic played 21 minutes with 12 points and 9 rebounds versus the Bulls, but has a left quadriceps contusion which leaves him uncertain for the game in Toronto.
Meyers Leonard (back) missed the last game and is therefore questionable for this match. C.J. Wilcox (knee) is with the G-League squad rehabbing.
This is the second night of a back to back set for the Raptors who have a jam packed week of games versus playoff squads as well as a noon match Sunday versus the Grizzlies.
The Raptors boast the best eastern conference home record of 19-4, so the ACC crowd will do their best to inspire the team toward win 20 at home, especially with this being Toronto’s third game in four nights coupled with the heart breaking loss in Washington.
Fred VanVleet welcomed a baby girl this week, coming straight to the ACC after to play; he’s been a driving force of the Raptors reserves and through the past 5 games is shooting over 58 percent from deep.
VanVleet did not travel to Washington remaining in Toronto with his fiancee and baby girl, but I suspect he’ll play in this game since it’s in Toronto. CJ Miles missed his second game due to a sore knee and his presence is unknown for this match.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Blazers are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 road games.
- Over is 9-4 in Blazers last 13 overall.
- Raptors are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Blazers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Toronto.
- Blazers are 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction: Take the Blazers points
Raptors Dwane Casey and Blazers Terry Stotts know each other well from the time they spent as assistant coaches under Rick Carlisle in Dallas. Both coaches are some of the longer tenured in the NBA. Having worked together they also know each other’s tendencies.
Toronto is 3-4 on the second game of back to back sets although they have played six of those on the road. The Blazers could push the Raptors and surprise with a victory.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick – Blazers +4.5
Portland and Toronto typically play tough matches which tend to be extremely physical, expect the same in this match. Much will also depend on whether Nurkic can go since the Blazers have the benefit of rest. In spite of these factors I’m leaning toward the home record winning the game, but the Blazers keeping it close.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 105 – Blazers 103
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