Toronto Raptors (2-6) at Portland Trail Blazers (5-4)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -4.5 — Over/Under: 233
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The Portland Trailblazers play host to the Toronto Raptors at the Moda Center on Monday night.
The Toronto Raptors have been in rough shape to start the season as they’ve lost two of their first nine games and they will be hoping to bounce back in this one after last night’s 106-105 road loss to the Warriors. Pascal Siakam led the team with 25 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, Fred VanVleet added 21 points with five assists while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Raptors shot just 40 percent from the field and 13 of 38 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from a 17-point deficit to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, only to fall short as the Warriors’ Damion Lee made the go-ahead free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining to steal the game.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have been in decent shape as they’ve won five of their first nine games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after blowing past the Kings in a 125-99 road win on Saturday. CJ McCollum led the team with 37 points on 13 of 22 shooting, Damian Lillard added 17 points with six assists while Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 13 points off the bench. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 44 percent from the field and 17 of 41 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 38 points in the first quarter and never looked back as they rode the hot hand of McCollum all the way to a blowout win.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall. The Trailblazers are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games against a team below .400.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and the Raptors are 7-15 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall.
The Raptors have been doing it tough so far this season and they will be disappointed with last night’s painful loss to the Warriors, but they won’t get any sympathy from the Trailblazers who are finally starting to get on a roll after an inconsistent start to the season. The Raptors always seem like the value bet, but they just haven’t been able to get over the line this season despite being in winning positions and I think that trend continues against the Trailblazers as the Raptors are 7-15 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall. I’m sticking with Lillard and the Trailblazers to continue their nice form over the Raptors playing on zero days rest.
The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.