Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction,Preview– 11-13-2019
Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trailblazers
Where: Moda Center, Portland, OR
When: Wednesday, November 13, 10:05 PM. ET.
The Portland Trailblazers will be trying to bounce back from their loss to the Sacramento Kings when they take on the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
Raptors Going For Eight win in Last Nine Contests Against The Blazers
Toronto is coming off a back-to-back against the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers and will be dealing with a little fatigue playing in their third game in four nights. Fortunately for them, the Trailblazers haven’t played well on the defensive end, which gives the raptors a good chance of escaping with the win.
The Raptors are averaging 112.5 points per game, but they were held to 88 points by the Clippers in their last game and will be hoping for a better offensive performance on Wednesday.
Pascal Siakam led the Raptors in the loss with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. Norman Powell finished with 15 points and four rebounds, while Fred VanVleet added 15 points and four rebounds.
The Raptors are a good defensive team, holding opponents to 106.7 points, which is ninth in the league. Even though they didn’t have Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, they were able to hold the Clippers to 98 points in the loss. They will give themselves a chance to win this game if they can hold the Trailblazers under 100 points.
Trailblazers Going For Second Win In Seven Games
The Trailblazers managed to snap their four-game losing streak when they beat the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, but they failed to take the momentum into their last game, losing to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. They will be trying to bounce back from the loss and pick up a win over the short-handed Raptors, which will give them their second win in their last seven games.
Portland has played well offensively this season, averaging 114.1 points per game, which is eighth in the league. But, they were held to 99 points by the Kings and will need to play significantly better to get past the Raptors.
Damian Lillard once again led the way for the Trailblazers, finishing the game with 27 points, four rebounds, and five assists. C.J. McCollum finished with 24 points and five rebounds, while Hassan Whiteside added 17 points and seven rebounds.
Portland’s biggest problem has been on the defensive end, with the team giving up 114.6 points per game. They gave up 107 points to the Kings in their last game and will need another decent defensive effort to get the win.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers, commonly known as the Blazers, are an American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. The Trail Blazers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. The team played its home games in the Memorial Coliseum before moving to Moda Center in 1995 (called the Rose Garden until 2013). The franchise entered the league as an expansion team in 1970, and has enjoyed a strong following: from 1977 through 1995, the team sold out 814 consecutive home games, the longest such streak in American major professional sports at the time, and only since surpassed by the Boston Red Sox. The Trail Blazers are the only NBA team based in the bi-national Pacific Northwest, after the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis and became the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001 and the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.
The team has advanced to the NBA Finals three times, winning the NBA championship once in 1977. Their other NBA Finals appearances were in 1990 and 1992. The team has qualified for the playoffs in 34 seasons of their 48-season existence, including a streak of 21 straight appearances from 1983 through 2003, tied for the second longest streak in NBA history. The Trail Blazers’ 34 playoff appearances rank third in the NBA only behind the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs since the team’s inception in 1970. Six Hall of Fame players have played for the Trail Blazers (Lenny Wilkens, Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Dražen Petrović, Arvydas Sabonis, and Scottie Pippen). Bill Walton is the franchise’s most decorated player; he was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 1977, and the regular season MVP the following year. Four Blazer rookies (Geoff Petrie, Sidney Wicks, Brandon Roy and Damian Lillard) have won the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Three players have earned the Most Improved Player award: Kevin Duckworth (1988), Zach Randolph (2004), and CJ McCollum (2016). Two Hall of Fame coaches, Lenny Wilkens and Jack Ramsay, have patrolled the sidelines for the Blazers, and two others, Mike Schuler and Mike Dunleavy, have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award with the team.