Spurs vs. Blazers Pick
Will the Portland Trail Blazers step up as a home underdog when they face the San Antonio Spurs tonight at 10PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Spurs are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -3 points against the Blazers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 211.5 points. San Antonio has won three straight meetings with the Blazers, covering the spread in two of them. They have yet to meet this season.
Portland is on a four-game losing streak, failing to cover in any of the four games. The most recent was a 95-96 loss at home to Dallas on Wednesday. The Blazers are just 13-18 on the season and 12-19 against the spread. While the Blazers put up 109.4 points per game on offense, they are giving up 112.8 points per game on defense. Damian Lillard is leading the team with 27.4 points and 6.0 assists per game while C.J. McCollum is putting up 22.2 points per contest. Portland will have some depth issues as Evan Turner is out with an ankle injury. Turner is averaging 9.2 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game this year.
The Spurs are coming off a 106-101 loss at the Clippers last night, snapping a five-game winning and covering streak in the process. The Spurs are now 23-6 on the season and 15-13-1 against the spread. The Spurs are averaging 103.9 points per game on offense this year while giving up only 98.1 points per game. Kawhi Leonard is putting up 24 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game to lead the team. LaMarcus Aldridge is adding 16.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
San Antonio is playing really well despite the loss last night. The Spurs are also a very good road team, going 10-6 against the spread this year when away from home. While it’s tough to pick against a home underdog sometimes, the Blazers are 0-3 against the spread this year as a home dog. Look for them to make that 0-4 tonight.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: SAN ANTONIO SPURS -3