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(24-33) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors (34-22)
Date: Sunday, February 26
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre – Toronto
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 212.5
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors both kicked off their post-All-Star runs with victories Friday night.
The Blazers took down the Orlando Magic on the road, while the Raps defeated their division rivals, the Boston Celtics.
*All statistics, standings, records, trends and rankings are current as of this writing at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017,
Portland Trail Blazers
When the Trail Blazers traded starting center Mason Plumlee to the Denver Nuggets for the young, yet disgruntled Jusuf Nurkic, it was a sign that Portland was looking toward the future.
It was a concession that the playoffs likely aren’t around the corner and that the rest of this season would be used to integrate the new guy into the lineup slowly for next year.
Here’s the catch.
Nobody told Nurkic.
In his first game with the Blazers, Nurkic played 21 minutes off the bench against the Utah Jazz in the game before All-Star Weekend began. He scored 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting and collected eight rebounds and three steals while also recording a block (all in just 21 minutes).
Friday against the Magic, made his first start with the team and had a major impact. He scored 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting while collecting 12 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and three steals in 34 minutes.
We all know that this team’s success comes and goes with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, but all of a sudden, there’s a new X-Factor in town.
Whether or not Nurkic can have a big impact the rest of the season has yet to be determined, but early results should have fans in Rip City excited.
The Raptors were aggressive at this year’s trade deadline, and although one game is never going to predict a season, the early returns on their new investments were positive Friday night.
Against Boston, the Raptors came away with a big win.
DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 43 points with star guard Kyle Lowry sitting, newcomer Serge Ibaka recorded 15 points, seven rebounds and a block while shooting 7-of-12 from the field and P.J. Tucker (also a newcomer) had nine points and 10 rebounds to go with three steals.
Against Portland, expect DeRozan to get his numbers once again. Portland’s backcourt has played atrocious defense all season and that’s not going to change at this part in the year.
Then again, stopping Lillard and McCollum could be problematic.
Keep an eye on the status of Lowry ahead of this one.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Trail Blazers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Recent trends show that both teams have struggled against the spread. Although it’s impossible to make a pick ATS at this time because the line has not been set, we’re confident in saying this will be a close contest.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: PDX ATS
Give this one to the road team if Lowry is out, as the shootout in the backcourt will go Portland’s way.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 108 – Toronto Raptors 105
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