76ers vs. Trail Blazers Prediction
Will the Portland Trail Blazers be able to fend off the Philadelphia 76ers when the two meet up tonight at 9PM ET?
557 Philadelphia 76ers vs. 558 Portland Trail Blazers
Sunday, December 30, 2018
9PM ET – Moda Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Blazers are the slim favorite right now, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the 76ers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 224 points. The public betting for this game currently has 53 percent going on the 76ers on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
76ers out West
Philadelphia is coming off a 114-97 win at Utah to start a West Coast road trip on Thursday. The 76ers have won and covered the spread in three of their last four games. Philadelphia is 23-13 on the season, 7-10 on the road, 17-19 against the spread and 21-15 with the over.
The 76ers are putting up 114.5 points per game on offense this season and they rank fourth in the league in rebounding at 47.7 per game. Defensively, they give up 111.6 points per game. Joel Embiid is listed as questionable to play tonight with a knee injury. He is averaging 26.5 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season. Ben Simmons is adding 15.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 8.1 assists per contest.
Blazers fall to Warriors
The Blazers suffered a 115-105 loss to the Warriors last night at home. They have lost three of their last five games and have failed to cover in four of their last five games. Portland is now 20-16 overall, 13-6 at home, 17-19 against the spread and 19-17 with the under.
Portland is in the middle of the road on both offense and defense. The Blazers are putting up 110.8 points per game this year and they rank third in the NBA in rebounding at 48.0 per game. Defensively, the Blazers are giving up 110.9 points per game while opponents shoot 37.8 percent from the arc, which is third-highest in the NBA. Damian Lillard is leading the team with 27.1 points and 5.8 assists per game while CJ McCollum is adding 20.8 points per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The 76ers are 6-14 against the spread in their last 20 road games and 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games against Southwest Division opponents.
The Blazers are 28-13 against the spread in their last 41 home games, but 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss.
The 76ers aren’t likely to mess around with Embiid, so if there is any hint of an injury, I would expect him to sit. Not having him on the road is going to definitely be an issue for a team that has already struggled on the road. Portland is an inconsistent team, but the Blazers still can match Philadelphia in key areas, especially on the glass. If Philly can’t rebound the ball like they usually do, it greatly hurts their chances to win.
NBA Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -1