Trail Blazers vs. Raptors - 12/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (24-7) at Portland Trail Blazers (25-7)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
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The Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers play Tuesday night at the Moda Center.
The Toronto Raptors have won eight of their last nine games and continue their lengthy road trip. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 108.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 100.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.5 points and 7.7 assists while Louis Williams is averaging 15 points on 42 percent shooting. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.8 rebounds and Greivis Vasquez is producing 3.5 assists. The Toronto Raptors continue to win games as one of the most balanced teams in the league, but it’s their offense that’s been the most impressive. The Raptors are shooting 47.3 percent from the field in their last five games and have won nine of their last 11 games when topping 100 points. The Raptors are 10-4 SU on the road this season.
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The Portland Trail Blazers are beginning to look like a West contender after winning eight of their last nine games. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 104 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 96.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 21.8 points and 6.3 assists while Wesley Matthews is averaging 16.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Chris Kaman is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Steve Blake is shooting 36.8 percent from the field. The Portland Trail Blazers continue to play lockdown defense during this stretch, as they’re allowing 41.2 percent shooting from the field and 28.8 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. Watch out for this Portland team. LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable for this game with an illness.
The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Portland and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
While the Raptors are red hot, winning in Portland is one of the tougher things to do in the league. Assuming Aldridge plays, give me the Portland Trail Blazers and the small chalk.