Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors - 2/1/14
Toronto Raptors (24-21) at Portland Trail Blazers (33-13)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Rose Garden)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss tonight when they welcome the Toronto Raptors to town.
The Trailblazers won five straight games from Jan. 8 to Jan. 18 but have since lost four of their last six after getting thumped by the Grizzlies by 98-81 on Tuesday. LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with a big night of 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Damian Lillard added 16 points, but as a team the Blazers struggled big time, shooting just 34.5 percent from the field to finish with a season-low 81 points which is pretty surprising when you consider that the Blazers are ranked first in the league in scoring at 108.4 ppg. Portland is definitely in a slump at the moment but despite their recent losses, they are still 33-13 overall which is a drastic improvement on the 33-49 record from last season.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors have won five of their last six and will be looking for a fourth straight win after taking care of the Nuggets by 100-90 last night. DeMar DeRozan returned from a two-game absence to post a game-high 19 points while Terrence Ross added 18 points as the Raptors took down the shorthanded Nuggets who played without Nate Robinson and Ty Lawson. All in all, it wasn't really an impressive victory because they really should have won by more, but the Raptors will definitely take the win because they hadn't won in Denver since 2003. With the win, Toronto improved to 25-21 overall and 13-11 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games overall, while the Blazers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Raptors are 1-8 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and 0-5 ATS in the last five in Portland.
The Raptors look to be in season-best form and will definitely be up for tonight's game against the Blazers, but I just get the feeling that the boys from Portland will be looking to snap an ugly two-game skid with a win at home tonight. Add to that, the dominant ATS record against the Raptors and the fact that they will be well-rested and it begins to look more like a no-brainer.