Portland Trail Blazers (0-3) vs. Toronto Raptors (1-2)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors 10/30/23 – Early on in the NBA season, both the Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors are struggling to find their footing. Blazers are looking for their first win after three games while Toronto are hoping to improve upon their 1-2 record; both sides should give everything they have on Monday in this highly-anticipated clash for those searching for NBA winning free picks.
After two games, the Portland Trail Blazers have shown improvement with their field shooting percentage at 43.6% and 3-point accuracy just under 30%. They’ve been active on the boards, averaging 43.5 rebounds per game with 15 being offensive rebounds; however turnovers have been an ongoing problem, averaging 16.5 per game.
The Toronto Raptors boast slightly better stats despite only playing three games; their field goal percentage stands at 43.3% while 3-point shooting stands out with 38.8% accuracy. Furthermore, they’ve displayed adept playmaking ability averaging 26.7 assists per game; however they struggled with turnovers at an average of 16 per game like their rivals the Blazers.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors 10/30/23 Game Info
|When:||Monday, October 30, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET|
|Stream:||NBA League Pass|
Malcolm Brogdon (PG) vs. Scottie Barnes (SF)
Malcolm Brogdon of Portland Trail Blazers epitomizes a veteran guard with an offensive mindset. Averaging 19 points per game and dishing out 3 assists per game, Brogdon shows an ability to create shots for himself while finding teammates in advantageous positions – highlighted by his 3 assists per game average. Although not starting any games yet, his presence on the court cannot be missed; his shooting form and decision-making is invaluable to the Blazers, especially during clutch situations; yet in order to maximize his talents Portland will need him to step up other aspects of their game such as their defensive contributions (none).
On the flip side, Scottie Barnes, Toronto’s young forward has been nothing short of extraordinary. Within an incredibly short span he has quickly established himself as an invaluable asset on both ends of the court. Averaging 21 points and nearly 9 rebounds a game, Barnes shows an exceptional combination of scoring with playmaking, defense, versatility (he can guard multiple positions and has three blocks per game!), playmaking facilitation capabilities as well as impressive assist numbers making him an effective dual threat forward.
When these two titans meet on the hardwood, it promises to be an intriguing battle of experience versus youth and finesse versus versatility. Brogdon may use his experience and craftiness to outwit Barnes in certain situations; however, Barnes’ sheer athleticism and wide array of skills may present him with more challenges on defense than before – their individual matchup could very well determine the flow and outcome of a game!
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Toronto Raptors -294, Total Odds: 216.5
The Toronto Raptors are heavily favored to win this matchup with an NBA odds Moneyline of -294, suggesting bookmakers view them as more likely victor. The point total has been set at 216.5 reflecting bookmakers’ expectation for an aggressive scoring affair; this number could be affected by recent trends of games going over their respective totals as well as each team’s offensive performance early in the season; bettors need to decide if both teams combine for more or fewer than this total number in scoring totals.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
Recent trends show Portland to be struggling both in terms of winning and covering the spread. They have gone winless in seven games played and covered only once over those five, losing 5 out of 7. Though more successful against Toronto historically (winning 5 of 7), their current road record leaves little confidence for success.
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
Toronto has displayed impressive betting trends recently. Their record against Western Conference teams and Northwest Division foes stands at 4-1 against them against spread bettors, giving bettors some assurance. Their home record adds further assurance for bettors.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors 10/30/23 Betting Picks
By all measures of performance and betting trends, the Raptors appear to have the upper hand, particularly at home. But Portland can’t be underestimated in their desire for victory and must seize every opportunity for victory they can.
For those looking for the handicapper’s favorite picks, the Raptors to cover the spread seems like a safer bet. However, given both teams’ offensive statistics and trends, taking the over on the 216.5 total might also be worth a shot.
Free Pick and Prediction: Toronto Raptors 112, Portland Trail Blazers 105.