Toronto Raptors (3-2 SU, 4-1 ATS, 2-3 O/U) at Portland Trailblazers (4-2 SU, 3-2-1 ATS, 2-4 O/U)
When and Where: Monday, Oct. 30, Moda Center, Portland, Or., 10pmET
Line: Portland -2
Toronto continues their West Coast road trip after beating the Lakers, 101-92 on Friday night. Portland is coming off a 114-107 win over Phoenix on Saturday at home. The Raptors beat the Trailblazers in both games last season, including on the road, 95-91.
Don’t forget about the Raptors in the East
Cleveland and Boston were basically the favorites to win the Eastern Conference this season and Washington was a longshot. But Toronto is lurking in the shadows. The Raptors opened their West Coast road trip with losses at San Antonio and Golden State before beating the Lakers by nine on Friday night. When looking at their record this season, the Raptors have defeated the likes of Philadelphia, Chicago, and the Lakers. They’ve lost to the elite teams and that’s the issue. For Toronto to be elite, they have to beat them more consistently.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 24 points on 9-of-21 shooting, while center Serge Ibaka added 18 points and eight rebounds against the young Lakers. Point guard Kyle Lowry had a triple-double with 11 points, 12 assists and 10 boards. Toronto’s defense was solid, especially against the three-point shot as the Lakers shot 3-of-23 (13%). But Toronto was also outrebounded by nine and had their own issues with shooting the three (7-of-29). The bench wasn’t that productive, led by C.J. Miles, who had a bench-high nine points.
Starters overwhelm Suns
All five Portland starters scored in double digits in their win over Phoenix. All-Star guard Damian Lillard didn’t shoot well (7-of-21) but did score 25 points while dishing out nine assists and grabbing seven boards. Guard C.J. McCollum added 23 points and six assists. Pat Connaughton had a strong showing, with 13 points off the bench. The former Notre Dame star is averaging 9.8 points in his third season.
Portland did give up 107 points, but outrebounded the Suns by seven and held them to 42.5 percent shooting from the floor. The Trailblazers also got 11 rebounds from Ed Davis off the bench and nine boards from center Jusur Nurkic, who also had 17 points.
- 12-3-1 ATS last 16 after a SU win.
- 17-8-1 ATS last 26 overall.
Toronto has to be a little tired late in this road trip. The Trailblazers are usually outstanding at home. They have the talent and improved bench should be helpful to a successful season.