Blazers' Defense to Keep Total Low vs. Banged-up Spurs

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, January 7, 2018 4:25 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 4:25 PM UTC

The Blazers are a different team at home, the biggest factor being on the defensive end. How will this play into our NBA picks for tonight's game against the Spurs?

NBA Sunday: Spurs vs. Trail Blazers

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Free NBA Pick: Under 199Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

Portland held Atlanta to 89 points two nights ago, and while the Hawks aren’t exactly a tough opponent, the Trail Blazers have held their opponents to just 101.4 points per game at home this season.

With the Spurs dealing with several injuries, there is a good likelihood their offense takes a significant downgrade tonight and that could affect the NBA odds boards. Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, and Rudy Gay are out, and Danny Green is doubtful. Even though LaMarcus Aldridge is coming in rested, he alone won’t be enough to make up for the huge lack of offense the Spurs are facing on the road.

The Spurs have cashed the under at 8-5-1 in their last 14 games, and on the road this season they are 14-5 cashing the under. The Blazers have also been great at cashing the under at home, going 14-5.

With the teams' first meeting finishing 93-91 in December, I could see tonight's final also being low scoring. With the Spurs cashing the under at 7-3-1 in their last 11 road games, I like the under in my NBA picks for Sunday night’s game.

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