Raptors Have Quietly Become the Best Bet in the NBA

The Toronto Raptors can earn a late Christmas gift on Boxing Day when they take on the Trail Blazers in Portland looking for their seventh consecutive win on the road. DeMar DeRozan and the T-Dot boys have quietly surged up the Eastern Conference standings and can pull within a game of the Cavs with a win in Oregon tonight.   

  • The Raptors and Rockets are the only teams with at least 20 ATS wins.
  • The Trail Blazers have lost and failed to cover in 5 straight games.
  • Toronto swept the season series with the Blazers last season.

These teams are trending in very different directions and the Blazers may have to start their New Year's resolutions a few days before everyone else. Portland has won just one game in its last 10 and has covered only two spreads in those lopsided matchups. This run of results makes the Blazers one of the coldest teams in the NBA.

I wrote earlier in the season that when Al-Farouq Aminu doesn’t play, Portland doesn’t play defense. Well, in their last two games in which Aminu suited up, the Blazers held their opponents to an average of 103 points. In the three games prior to those, in which Aminu sat out, Portland gave up an average of 131 points.

Defense will be crucial this evening when they take on a Raptors team that’s third in team scoring and that’s 0-3 this season when failing to breach the century mark.

Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trail Blazers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Portland Trail Blazers currently sport a record of 13-19, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 11-21 ATS. The Toronto Raptors are 21-8 and 20-8-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Trail Blazers post a 20-12 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Raptors have gone 20-9 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Portland vs Toronto injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 19-rated Portland Trail Blazers and the No. 3-rated Raptors in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Portland's No. 6-ranked offense averaging 108.75 PPG, against a Toronto Raptors defense that ranks No. 12 at 102.83 PPG. The Portland Trail Blazers field goal percentage has averaged 45.7% so far, less than the Toronto Raptors shooters have achieved on the year, 48.07% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kyle Lowry went off for 36 points and added 4 rebounds leading Toronto to a 104-98 win over Utah on Friday at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Portland was run off the court by the Spurs on Friday as San Antonio blasted them 110-90 at Moda Center.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Toronto is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 17 of Toronto's last 23 games
  • Toronto is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Portland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Portland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games
  • Portland is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Golden State, Wednesday, December 28th
Portland home to Sacramento, Wednesday, December 28th

The Raptors and Rockets are the only teams with at least 20 ATS wins.away The Trail Blazers have lost and failed to cover in 5 straight games.home Toronto swept the season series with the Blazers last season.away
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