Portland takes on Toronto, looks to end 3-game skid

Sat, Mar 9, 2024
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Portland takes on Toronto, looks to end 3-game skid

Toronto Raptors (23-40, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (17-45, 14th in the Western Conference)

Portland, Oregon; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Raptors -1.5; over/under is 225.5

BOTTOM LINE: Portland will try to end its three-game skid when the Trail Blazers play Toronto.

The Trail Blazers have gone 9-22 in home games. Portland is 8-28 against opponents with a winning record.

The Raptors are 10-21 in road games. Toronto is eighth in the Eastern Conference with 32.4 defensive rebounds per game led by Scottie Barnes averaging 5.9.

The Trail Blazers are shooting 44.0% from the field this season, 4.7 percentage points lower than the 48.7% the Raptors allow to opponents. The Raptors average 114.1 points per game, 1.9 fewer than the 116.0 the Trail Blazers give up.

The two teams match up for the second time this season. The Trail Blazers defeated the Raptors 99-91 in their last meeting on Oct. 30. Jerami Grant led the Trail Blazers with 22 points, and Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 20 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Anfernee Simons is averaging 22.8 points and 5.5 assists for the Trail Blazers. Duop Reath is averaging 1.5 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games.

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Kelly Olynyk is averaging 8.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Raptors. Immanuel Quickley is averaging 18.8 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 43.8% over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Trail Blazers: 2-8, averaging 105.8 points, 43.8 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 8.5 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 43.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.7 points per game.

Raptors: 4-6, averaging 115.0 points, 45.7 rebounds, 29.4 assists, 7.3 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.6 points.

INJURIES: Trail Blazers: Deandre Ayton: out (hand), Jerami Grant: out (hamstring), Malcolm Brogdon: out (elbow), Scoot Henderson: out (adductor), Robert Williams III: out for season (knee), Jabari Walker: out (hip), Shaedon Sharpe: out (abdominal).

Raptors: Jakob Poeltl: out (finger), Bruce Brown: out (knee), Scottie Barnes: out (hand), D.J. Carton: out (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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