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Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 3/1/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors
Date & Time Friday March 1, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5 -- Over/Under: 229
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Portland Trail Blazers look for a statement victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 113.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26 points and 6.4 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21 points and 4.1 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Enes Kanter is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.8 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last seven road games.

The Toronto Raptors look for another win after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114.2 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 108.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.8 points and 7.6 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 16.3 points and seven rebounds. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 9.2 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last six home games.

The Trail Blazers are 18-5 ATS in their last 23 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Raptors last 10 overall. The over is 9-4 in Trail Blazers last 13 overall.

The Portland Trail Blazers are playing some of their best basketball of the season during this five-game winning streak where they're shooting 47.3 percent from the field and winning by an average of 13.8 points. The problem for this contest is I question if a two-man team like Portland that relies so heavily on its backcourt for scoring is enough to hang with a defensive team such as the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are winning at home by an average of 7.8 points and showed against the Boston Celtics what they're capable of when they really want to turn it on. I need more points if I'm going to consider the Trail Blazers. I'll eat the reasonable chalk with the Raptors.

Toronto Raptors -5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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