One Of These Two Teams Is Going To Snap A Losing Streak Tonight
The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off a 2-5 road trip and hosting the visiting Toronto Raptors in their return home. BetDSI Sportsbook current live lines display the Blazers as small favorites in this match up.
The Toronto Raptors have lost 13 road games this season, and this match up with the Blazers is the last of a five-game road trip in which the Raptors have lost the previous four. The Blazers lost their most recent game, a 99-80 loss to the Sacramento Kings. In that match up, the Blazers were unable to slow John Salmons from scoring and setting up his teammates effectively with 19 points, 11 assists. They also could not keep DeMarcus Cousins off the glass with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Blazers managed to only shoot 38.7% from the field, which set up a number of opportunities on the break for the Kings. This, after the Blazers actually outrebounded the Kings 47-44.
However, the Blazers managed to get double-doubles from LaMarcus Aldridge (17 points, 10 rebounds) and JJ Hickson (14 points, 15 rebounds), along with 12 points and 9 assists from impressive rookie Damian Lillard. Wesley Matthews also contributed 14 points, including 2-3 from 3 point range.
The Raptors have proven to be rather flimsy on the road this season, with a 1-13 record overall on the road thus far. Most recently, they lost 102-83 to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The Raptors only shot 39% from the field, behind marginal efforts from Linas Kleiza, who had 17 points on 5-11 FGs, and Andrea Bargniani, who scored 12 points, on only 5-15 FGs. Although DeMar DeRozan had a good game with 24 points on 10-for-17 shooting. The Raptors allowed four Clippers players to score in double figures, and all but Jamal Crawford shot over 50% from the field, as the Clipper shot 46% from the field for the game.
The Blazers are only 8-12 overall, but they are 4-4 at home. The Raptors have demonstrated that they are not very competitive on the road. The Blazers should win, and in doing so, cover the -2.5 point spread against the Raptors, despite missing Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews, who are nursing nagging injuries.
The Raptors go as DeMar DeRozan goes, and the Raptors, who are next to last in the NBA in defense – allowing 103.5 PPG, will struggle to contain Aldridge and Hickson, along with Luke Babbitt, who will see more minutes with Batum and Matthews out.