The Toronto Raptors play game 3 of their 6 game road trip as they take on the Trail Blazers in Portland.
(33-16) Toronto Raptors @ (24-26) Portland Trail Blazers
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – Norman Powell C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – DeMar DeRozan PF – Luis Scola
Portland – PG – Damian Lillard SG – C.J. McCollum C – Mason Plumlee SF – Al-Farouq Aminu PF – Meyers Leonard
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 23.2 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.4 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.2
Portland – PPG – Damian Lillard 24.0 RPG – Mason Plumlee 7.8 APG – Damian Lillard 7.2
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 101.4 (16th) PA – 97.0 (5th)
Portland – PF – 102.1 (13th) PA – 102.1 (18th)
The Toronto Raptors have won 12 of their last 13 games after a 104-97 win at the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry led the team in scoring with 26 points. He also had 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. He shot 8 of 15 from the field, 5 of 5 from the free throw line, and 5 of 10 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward DeMar DeRozan tallied 22 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds. He was 8 of 16 from the field, 5 of 9 from the free throw line, and 1 of 5 from the 3 point line. Backup small forward Terrence Ross came off the bench to score 16 points. He also had 3 rebounds. He was 6 of 11 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 2 of 5 from the 3 point line. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas netted 14 points. He also had 6 rebounds. He shot 5 of 8 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Backup center Bismack Biyombo produced 7 points and 12 rebounds. He was 2 of 3 from the field and 3 of 3 from the free throw line. The team shot 47.3% from the field, 78.1% from the free throw line, and 33.3% from the 3 point line. They attempted 32 free throws and made 25 of them. They made 9 of 27 shots from beyond the arc. They were out-rebounded by their opposition 38-35. They had 9 steals in the game. They scored 19 fast break points and 36 points in the paint. Their best quarter was the 2nd as they outscored the Suns 24-13. Tonight is their 26th road game of the season. They are 15-10 on the road thus far. Their next game is Monday at the Detroit Pistons.
The Portland Trail Blazers are on a 5 game winning streak after a 107-95 victory at home versus the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday evening. Starting shooting guard C.J. McCollum led the way with 30 points. He also had 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. He shot 10 of 18 from the field, 7 of 9 from the free throw line, and 3 of 6 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward Al-Farouq Aminu tallied 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. He was 5 of 11 from the field, 3 of 5 from the free throw line, and 3 of 7 from the 3 point line. Starting point guard Damian Lillard contributed with a double-double as he poured in 14 points and dished out 12 assists. He also had 5 rebounds. He shot 6 of 15 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. Backup shooting guard Gerald Henderson came off the bench to net 14 points. He also had 9 rebounds. He was 6 of 11 from the field, 1 of 2 from the free throw line, and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. The team shot 45.9% from the field, 72% from the free throw line, and 35.5% from the 3 point line. They attempted 25 free throws and made 18 of them. They made 11 of their 31 attempted 3-point shots. They out-rebounded the Bucks 49-43. They had 25 assists in the game. They had 7 blocks in the game. They scored 18 fast break points and 46 points in the paint. Tonight is their 26th home game of the season. They are 15-10 at home thus far. Tonight is the final game of a 7 game home stand. They are 5-1 on the current home stand. After tonight they go on the road for 2 in a row. Their next game is Saturday at the Houston Rockets.
Tonight is the first meeting of the season between Toronto and Portland. The Trail Blazers won both meetings with the Raptors last season. The Blazers have won the last 4 meetings. Their final meeting of the season is March 4th at Toronto.
The Raptors are currently in the 2nd spot in the East, 2.5 games behind the East-leading Cavaliers. They own the 2nd best road record in the Eastern Conference. The Trail Blazers are currently in the 8th spot in the West, tied with the Jazz (who are on the outside looking in in the 9th spot) and they are a game and a half behind the Rockets for the 7th spot. The Blazers may present some challenges for the Raptors, especially in Portland. I like the home team.
Take the Trail Blazers -1 (1.86) (Bet365)
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