Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Sunday March 15th, 2015. At 7:00 PM EST.
The (43-20) Portland Trailblazers of the Western Conference Northwest Division takes the trip from “RIP CITY” and travel north across the border. Portland will play the (39-26) Toronto Raptors of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division in 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto, Ontario. This Sports Handicapper believes the Portland Trailblazers will miss their toughest player, who is out for the season. Toronto is running away with the Atlantic Division crown. The opening betting line has Portland as a two-point road underdog Against The Spread, the betting odds total is at 204′ for Sunday’s game.
The 2015 Portland Trailblazers have won seven of eight straight up. Portland beat Detroit at home 118-99 on Friday March 13th. Portland is on top in the Northwest, eight games in front of second-place Oklahoma City. Portland scores 102.7 points per game. The Trailblazers rank ninth overall defensively in the league. Power Forward LaMarcus Aldridge is the team leader in points and rebounds. All-Star Guard Damian Lillard averages a team-high 6.2 assists per contest. Center Robin Lopez roams the post. Head Coach Terry Stotts is in his third season at the helm and fans want more from their beloved “BLAZERS”. Guard Wesley Matthews is out for the season with a foot injury. The former Marquette star provides mental and physical toughness for Portland. Portland is 5-1 their last six Against The Point Spread. The Trailblazers are 4-1 ATS the last five in Canada. The Portland Trailblazers are 2-2 their last four 2015 NBA Expert Betting Picks away from home going over the betting odds total twice and staying under the betting odds total twice. Portland is going to be fine for the rest of the regular season. The problem is going to be in the playoffs when they miss Matthews toughness. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has Portland at +1,400to win the 2015 NBA Western Conference Championship.
The 2015 Toronto Raptors beat Miami at home on Friday the 13th of this month. Toronto is comfortably on top in the Atlantic. Toronto play’s in the worst Division in the league. The Raptors are the only team with a winning record in the Atlantic. Head Coach Dwane Casey has a team that can compete with any in the East. Toronto ranks fourth in the NBA scoring the basketball. The Raptors have to improve on defense and will by the time the playoffs roll around. Toronto allows the opposition 101.2 points per game. The Guard combination of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowrey is one of the best in the game. Center Jonas Valanciunas is the team leader in rebounds. Toronto is 0-4 Against The Spread their last 4 following a Point Spread win. Toronto is only 2-9 the last eleven between the teams. The Toronto Raptors are only 3-7 ATS their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under the betting odds total four. The Raptors are healthy and are playing for playoff seeding. Bovada has Toronto at +1,800 to win the 2015 Western Conference title.