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(3-2) Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trail Blazers (4-2)
Date: Monday October 30
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -2.0
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
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Monday October 30th the Toronto Raptors continue their season long six game Western road swing with the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. Head Coaches Dwane Casey and Terry Stotts both were assistants under Rick Carlisle the year Dallas beat Miami to win the title.
Last season, the Blazers swept the Raptors and are on a current four game win streak versus Toronto. The Blazers hold the edge all-time between the opponents with a 27-14 win margin.
With a new culture reset the Toronto Raptors entered the season looking to make major changes offensively. It might sound strange for a team which has ranked top ten the past few seasons to shift this aspect of their system. The problem was the isolation, ball sticking style of the Raptors simply didn’t translate once the squad hit the postseason.
The other big shift was toward the integration and utilization of Toronto’s youngsters, particularly on their reserve unit. Pundits predicted this would lead to issues for the Raptors who boasted the most efficient Eastern bench the past two seasons and were second only to the Spurs in the Association. Contrary to expectations Toronto’s youth have proven to be arguably their greatest strength. The seventh youngest NBA squad rank in the top 10 of every key category for reserve units as per Hoopsstats.com.
Clearly the players who are most affected by the offensive shift are Toronto’s All-Star backcourt (Kyle Lowry./DeMar DeRozan), but are committed to the new direction. And, so far it’s working. The Raptors ranked 30th in assists and 22nd treys attempted/21st treys made last season. To date the Raptors rank 4th in assists (24.6), 2nd for treys attempted (34.6) and 14th for treys made (10.2).
Portland Trail Blazers
Through the early season the Blazers have demonstrated the big three of Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic could carry over what they began at the end of last season. Through their first six games the trio has combined for game averages of 60.2 points, 10.8 assists and 18.0 rebounds.
Coming into tonight’s match if there is a true advantage for the Blazers it would be on the glass where Portland rank first in the Association for total (51.7) and offensive (14.2) boards per game as well as second defensively (37.5). Granted, two of Portland’s matches came against the Suns, so the early numbers may be misleading.
The area the Blazers will need to be cognizant of is protecting the ball and defensively since the Raptors average 12.6 fast break and, 48.0 points in the paint. Moreover, the Raptors rank first (23.0) for points scored off turnovers.
Overall the Blazers rank in the top ten in the big three categories: 3rd offense (109.9), 6th defense (98.0) and 2nd net (+11.9). Problem is their opponent are also ranked top ten in the same categories: 7th offense (106.7), 4th defense (97.4) and 4th net (+9.3).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Blazers are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head matchups
- Raptors – Blazers are 5-5 in their past 10 matchups
- Over Under is 6-4 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
These two squads have delivered quality competition over the past several seasons with just one game in their past eight meetings registering a double digit win differential. Although Portland is on a four game win streak this was followed by a four game Raptors win streak and virtually every game was decided in clutch minutes.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +2
Both squads’ losses occurred vs. higher echelon teams and came down to the clutch. Yet, the Raptors losses came against arguably the best two squads in the Association (Spurs/Warriors). This comes down to the final minute with the Raptors eeking out the victory 105-101.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 105 – Blazers 101
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