Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 3/15/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (43-20) at Toronto Raptors (39-26)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -2 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors hope to have Jonas Valanciunas back when they host the Portland Trailblazers tonight.
The Portland Trailblazers have won seven of their last eight and will be going for a third straight win after making light work of the Pistons in a 118-99 win on Friday. Damian Lillard led the team on offense with 28 points and nine assists including five of seven from the three-point line while LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points as the Blazers shot a sizzling 57.5 percent from the field, building a big lead in the first half before cruising in the second half. With the win, Portland improved to 43-20 on the season which leaves them just 1 1/2 games out of a top two in the Western standings.
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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors haven't been playing anywhere near their best lately, but they will be feeling pretty good after their 102-92 win over the Heat on Friday which snapped a four-game losing streak. Kyle Lowry absolutely dominated the game with a near quadruple double of 19 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and seven steals while DeMar DeRozan added 18 points as the Raptors led by as many as 21 points before the Heat made a run late to keep the final score respectable. With the win, Toronto was able to snap an ugly 16-skid against the Heat and improve to 39-26 on the season which keeps ahead of the fourth-placed Chicago on percentage points.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win, while the Raptors are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Head to head, the Blazers are 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Toronto.
This game opened as a pick 'em, but the betting public have been on the Raptors but I actually think the Blazers are the better bet in this one as they've been red-hot lately, while the Raptors have won just two of their last 11 games.