Raptors vs Trail Blazers Prediction NBA Picks 3/9/24

Portland Trail Blazers (17-44) vs Toronto Raptors (23-40)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)

Betting Odds: Portland Trail Blazers +2 -- Over/Under: 223.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Raptors need a win after losing 4 of their last 5 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are riding a 3-game losing streak. Here’s a Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trail Blazers prediction.

Toronto Raptors Betting Preview

The Toronto Raptors recently beat the Hornets while losing to the Pelicans and Suns. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 118 points on 48.7 percent shooting. RJ Barrett is averaging 20.6 points and 6.2 rebounds, while Scottie Barnes is averaging 19.9 points and 8.2 rebounds. Immanuel Quickley is the third double-digit scorer, and Gary Trent Jr. is dishing 1.5 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Raptors will play against the Nuggets after this game.

Portland Trail Blazers Betting Preview

The Portland Trail Blazers lost to the Timberwolves, Thunder and Rockets during this streak. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 107.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 115.9 points on 49.4 percent shooting. Anfernee Simons is averaging 22.8 points and 3.6 rebounds, while Jerami Grant is averaging 21.1 points and 3.6 rebounds. Shaedon Sharpe is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game.

Toronto Raptors Player Facts

  • Kelly Olynyk ranks 5th amongst qualified Centers for assists per game (4.2) this season.
  • Gary Trent Jr. ranks 12th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for 3P% (40.7%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Trail Blazers rank 30th in the league for assists per game this season (22.9).
  • The Trail Blazers rank 30th in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (6.4).
  • The Raptors rank 1st for fast break points (1191) this season.
  • The Raptors rank 1st for fast break points per game (18.9) this season.

Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trail Blazers prediction

The Toronto Raptors have a lot of injuries and that's being baked into this line. Still, the Raptors have the rest advantage and they're playing the Portland Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers have injuries of their own, they're on the end of a back to back and shouldn't even be focused on winning at this stage of the season. The fact this line is this soft does create a smelly situation. Still, I'm laying the bucket with the Raptors because backing the Trail Blazers isn't an option. 

Randy’s Pick Toronto Raptors -2

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