Dec 10th, 2012 by PJ LaFerla
The Toronto Raptors will be on the road this Monday night, December 10 for a betting matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers that is set to take place at Rose Garden, with tip off schedule for 10:05 PM EST.
The Oddsmakers have set the line listing the home team Trail Blazers as a -3 1/2 point favorite, while posting the over/under total at 196 points.
The Raptors enter play tonight having lost four games in a row and now stand at just 4-17 on the year. They are slightly better against the spread, but they are still on the losing end, with nine point spread covers compared to twelve losses. As an underdog this season, they have covered six of seventeen games.
The Trail Blazers have lost two consecutive games and are now 8-12 straight up on the season. They actually have a worse ATS record at 7-12-1. At home they are only 3-4-1 ATS and when listed as the favorite this season they own a 2-4-1 record. Portland’s defense gives up 102 points a night, which ranks near the bottom of the league at 26th best.
The Raptors are 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 games played on a Monday, but only 1-5 ATS in their last six games played on the road.
Toronto has gone over the posted total in seven of their last ten games played on the road.
The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games played against teams in the Eastern Conference and 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games played on a Monday.
Portland has kept the final score under the posted total in 9 of their last 13 games following a straight up loss.
I expect Portland to put forth a competitive performance in front of their hometown fans, while Toronto will continue to struggle on the road.
Portland – 3 1/2
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