Capper Predicts Blazers/Raptors Lower Scoring Game

Portland Trail Blazers

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:46 PM GMT

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 5:46 PM GMT

Are you looking to close you’re betting week out on a profitable note? You can do so by reading NBA analyst Ross Benjamin’s betting preview on Sunday’s game between Portland and Toronto. Ross’ article concludes with one his NBA free picks on this contest.

The Toronto Raptors will play host to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. The opening tip at the Air Canada Centre is slated for 6:05 PM ET. At the time of this writing, the best sportsbooks are listing Toronto as either a 4.5 or 5.0-point favorite, and there’s a posted total ranging from 211.5 to 212.

The only other meeting this season between these teams resulted in Toronto coming away with a 95-91 road win. However, Toronto failed to cover as an 8.0-point favorite, and that contest easily went under the total of 215.5.

 

Raptors Key Injury

In case you’re wondering why Toronto is a relatively short home favorite today against an opponent that’s a poor 10-20 on the road, here’s the reason why. Toronto will be without the services of star point guard Kyle Lowry for the second straight game. Lowry is sidelined for an indefinite amount of time due to a wrist injury. The veteran 30-year old has averaged an impressive 22.7 points and 6.9 assists per game this season.

 

Recent Slow Paced and Low Scoring Games

The Toronto Raptors have limited their opponents to 81 field goal attempts or less in 4 of its last 5 games. Toronto has also seen each of their previous 4 games go under the total, and there was a combined average of 195.3 points scored per contest.

Meanwhile, Portland’s opponents have amassed just 81 field goal attempts or fewer during 3 of their previous 4 contests. Portland has gone under the total in its last 3 outings, and there was a combined 209.0 points scored per game.

 

Final Analysis and Pick

Toronto has gone under the total in 13 of their last 17 games. The Raptors have also gone under in their previous 4 games as a favorite. The average total in those contests was 211.8, and there was only 195.2 points scored per game. Conversely, Portland has witnessed 10 of its prior 13 games going under the total when NBA betting odds displays them as an underdog.

With all things being considered, this game has all the earmarks of a lower scoring game relative to the current total, and one of my Sunday NBA picks will be indicative of such.

Free NBA Pick: Under 212Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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