Lillard's one-man band can't rescue Portland

Lillard's one-man band can't rescue Portland

The Trail Blazers aren’t exactly flirting with irrelevance in the Western Conference. Needless to say, though, things must improve in a hurry for Terry Stotts’ crew.

Tonight, Portland hopes to push the East-leading Cavaliers. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives LeBron James & Co. odds of -1100 to take care of business at home. The Blazers, on the other hand, enter Quicken Loans Arena as +650 underdogs.

Bet on Various NBA Contests

Yesterday, the Northwest Division stalwarts dropped a 107-103 decision at New York to fall to 8-8. As usual, Damian Lillard had a strong effort, scoring 22 points and dishing out six assists. Yet Rip City’s retooled bench once again failed to contribute much.

Cleveland (10-2) is returning to the court for the first time since Nov. 18. James and Kyrie Irving continue to fill it up on the offensive end, but coach Tyronn Lue’s probably most excited about his team’s recent defensive work. The Cavs are holding opponents to 101.6 points per game.

NBA Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

Still, Lillard has caused the defending champions fits the past few years. If C.J. McCollum can alleviate some of the pressure on No. 0 by draining multiple treys, look for the visiting club to make matters interesting. We’d be surprised if this one were to turn ugly.

 

WEDNESDAY NBA FREE PICK: BLAZERS +12

Loading...

NBA Headlines

NBA Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Pistons vs. Warriors NBA Prediction The Warriors have dropped six of their last 10 games overall but they should pick up a win against the visiting Pistons on Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. ET. That...
Thumbnail Timberwolves vs. Knicks Prediction The Timberwolves and Knicks will square off at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, where New York is currently listed as a 2.5-point home dog. The total,...
Thumbnail Jazz vs. Lakers Prediction The Jazz and Lakers will square off on NBA TV on Monday night at 10:30 p.m. ET. With Utah’s struggles covering in previous meetings between these two teams, are the Lakers...
Thumbnail Jazz vs. Nuggets NBA Prediction The Jazz have had issues trying to cover in Denver, which is where they’ll play the Nuggets at 8:00 p.m. ET. Is the home dog the best play on the board tonight?
Thumbnail Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA Prediction The Nuggets are only laying 3.5-points to the Lakers on Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. ET, but is Denver the best play on the board?