Friday night’s NBA schedule on ESPN features four teams battling for playoff position. The first game has the Toronto Raptors visiting the Indiana Pacers, while the late game has the Portland Trail Blazers taking on the Utah Jazz.
Friday night’s NBA schedule on ESPN features four teams battling for playoff position. The first game has the Toronto Raptors visiting the Indiana Pacers, while the late game has the Portland Trail Blazers taking on the Utah Jazz. Toronto is in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, while Indiana is in fifth place. The Jazz are in 4th place in the Western Conference, while the Trail Blazers are two games behind Memphis for the last playoff spot in the West. Let’s look at both games and Friday night ESPN NBA picks.Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers
Date and Time: Friday, February 7, 2020, 8:00 p.m. ET
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Raptors vs. Pacers TV Coverage: ESPN
This is the back end of a home-and-home, as the teams met on Wednesday night in Toronto. The Raptors have been the most amazing story in the NBA this season. They are defending NBA champs, but they lost their best player, Kawhi Leonard in the off-season, as he went to the Clippers. The Raptors are in second place in the Eastern Conference and they went into Wednesday’s game on an 11-game winning streak. They have been just as good on the road as at home, as they had identical 18-7 records at home and on the road in their first 50 games. The Raptors are averaging just over 112 points per game and giving up about 106 per contest.
The Pacers are 18-7 at home this season and about a .500 team on the road. The Pacers are averaging about 109 points per game and giving up about 107 points per contest.
Toronto had won six of the last ten meetings before Wednesday night’s game with six of the ten going under the total. The Pacers have won 7 of the last 10 in this series, with nine of the last ten going under the total.
Raptors vs. Pacers Free Picks
This is a good spot for Indiana, as they have been really good at home this season and we will assume that the Raptors won the game on Wednesday at home. I will look for Indiana to end Toronto’s streak and get the win on Friday night.Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz
Date and Time: Friday, February 7, 2020, 10:30 p.m. ET
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Trail Blazers vs. Jazz TV Coverage: ESPN
The Trail Blazers are trying to make a playoff push, as they are two games behind Memphis for 8th place in the West. Damian Lillard has been playing out of this world lately, scoring 50 points or more in multiple games. Portland is not in a great spot on Friday, as they will be playing their third game in four days and with no rest. They hosted Denver on Tuesday, were off on Wednesday and hosted the Spurs on Thursday. Portland is averaging about 114 points per game and giving up about 115 points per contest.
The Jazz were home against Denver on Wednesday and had Thursday off. Utah is averaging 111 points per game and giving up 107 per contest.
These teams have split their last ten meetings with the last three going over the total. The teams have split their two games this season with each team winning at home. Portland has won six of the last ten in Utah with five games going over and five going under the total.
Trail Blazers vs. Jazz Free Picks
The Blazers have had success in this series but for me it is all about the scheduling spot for this game on Friday. The Blazers will have to go to Utah with no rest and having to play their third game in four days. I will lay the points and take the Jazz on Friday night.
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