Pick 'n' roll: Sunday's best NBA bets

Oct 31, 2009 |
Pick 'n' roll: Sunday's best NBA bets

Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors (+6.5)

Don’t expect Vince Carter to make much of a homecoming.

The former Toronto star twisted his ankle in the Magic’s win over the Nets earlier in the week, and even tough X-rays came back negative, the former star once known as “Air Canada” likely will be sidelined. This is a huge blow for the Magic, who are trying to overcome the offseason defection of Hedo Turkoglu to the Raptors.

Orlando also is without forward Rashard Lewis, who is suspended for the first 10 games of the season.

"I heal like a young guy so I'll be good (Saturday)," Carter told the Associated Press. "Hopefully, I'll be back Sunday. We're going to be smart about it. It's a long season. I'm feeling better now that I am walking on it."

Toronto, meantime, has split its first two games and is led by stud forward Chris Bosh, who is averaging 29 points, 14 rebounds and three assists per game. And Orlando never fails to well against the Raptors in Canada – they are just 3-9 ATS in their past 12 meetings in Toronto.

Pick: Raptors

Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder (+2, 186.5)

When Portland and Oklahoma City meet, expect plenty of … defense?

That’s right. These two squads have a tendency of shutting each other down and matching up well against each other despite featuring super stars Brandon Roy and Kevin Durant. Seven of the team’s past eight meetings have gone under the total, with both teams combing to go under in all four of their games this season entering the weekend.

Portland opponents are shooting just 40.8 percent from the floor this season and a very poor 27.6 percent beyond the arc. Meantime, Oklahoma City is limiting the opposition to just 38.9 percent on its field goals, including a staggering 24.2 percent on its threes.

This game should feature plenty of impressive plays and some highlight reel-quality dunks, but don’t expect the scoreboard to reflect it.

Pick: Under


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