Back Trail Blazers +7 vs. Spurs for Game 2

Steven Suarez

Thursday, May 8, 2014 3:19 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 8, 2014 3:19 PM UTC

After getting through a tough seven-game series with Dallas, the Spurs looked as fresh as ever in their dominant Game 1 win over the young Trail Blazers. Let's go over the NBA odds for Game 2 in San Antonio tonight before coming up with our top NBA play.

Odds Overview
Sportsbooks aren't budging when it comes to the NBA betting lines for Game 2. Like the first matchup, the Spurs are favored by either 6.5 or 7 points, a level of chalk that Gregg Popovich's team had no trouble crushing two days ago. 

The O/U, however, has indeed shifted, with the number now at 208 at most sites. The total for Game 1 was at 206.5 and the OVER easily hit.


Portland Trail Blazers
Game 1 was pretty much over after the first quarter. The Trail Blazers couldn't make any stops defensively and were down by 13 after 12 minutes. By halftime, the deficit was at 26. Game over. 

It was a sloppy game from Portland no matter how you look at it. They shot only 37.8 percent from the floor overall and 25.0 percent from three. They had over double as many turnovers (20) as they did total assists (9).

LaMarcus Aldridge was the only Trail Blazer to really do any significant damage offensively. He had 32 points (12-of-25 FG) and 14 rebounds in the loss, though the team was -23 with him in the court.

It was not the best of nights from the rest of the starting five. Damian Lillard, who torched the Rockets throughout the first round, was held to 17 points and had six turnovers – he also had no answer for Tony Parker on the other end of the court. Meanwhile, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews had only 15 points between them.

Against a Spurs team that can seemingly score at will, the Trail Blazers simply can't afford to go cold. Let's see if they can execute better in Game 2.

San Antonio Spurs
It doesn't get much better than that if you're a Spurs fan. They were sharing the ball and hitting shots throughout and Portland just couldn't cope.

Overall, San Antonio shot 50.6 percent from the floor while connecting on 43.8 percent from beyond the arc and 84.0 percent from the charity stripe. The team had 21 total assists, more than double what Portland (9) was able to muster up.

It was pretty much the Tony Parker show in Game 1. He had 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting and chipped in with nine assists as well.

But he wasn't alone. Kawhi Leonard had 16 points, nine boards and four steals, Tim Duncan had yet another double-double (12/11) and Marco Belinelli, Aron Baynes and Patty Mills all scored in double figures off the bench.

As you can see, there was little resistance from Portland in Game 1. San Antonio will be vying for a similarly convincing victory this evening.

Game 2 Pick
Jordan Sharp likes the OVER in Game 2 and we don't blame him. The points are going to keep coming and coming in this series. 

But, we can't shake the feeling that Portland will show up with a much more competitive effort tonight. It's not like San Antonio was dominant at home throughout the first round of the playoffs – Dallas gave them a scare or two, including an outright road win in Game 2.

You have to figure there's no way Lillard, Batum and Matthews will all struggle like they did in Game 1 and we also expect the Terry Stotts to find a way to neutralize Parker a little more after his amazing performance. Let's take Portland to cover as underdogs here in Game 2.

Pick: Trail Blazers +7

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