NBA Picks: Spurs vs. Blazers Betting Odds Preview

Joe Freda

Saturday, November 2, 2013 2:13 PM GMT

The San Antonio Spurs stayed unbeaten with Friday’s 91-85 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, while falling short at NBA betting windows as 7 ½-point road favorites.

Gregg Popovich’s club continues its journey, heading north for Saturday’s duel with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Spurs, Parker rally in L.A. 

San Antonio’s Tony Parker hit 12-of-18 field buckets in Friday’s triumph, finishing with team-highs of 24 points and six assists. The Spurs were without veteran Tim Duncan due to a chest injury, leaving mates Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard uniting for 25 rebounds. 

Parker and Co. failed to log any blocks in the tight affair, while holding Los Angeles to 38 percent shooting from the floor. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili came off the bench for 20 points in 27 minutes of action, draining 3-of-7 buckets beyond the arc. 

The battle’s 176 points plunged UNDER the ‘total’ of 208 ½, with both sides combining to sink 27-of-38 free throws.  San Antonio erased an early 15-point deficit, while edging the Lakers in boards, 50-46.

Blazers cruise past Nuggets 

Portland came away with its first win in Friday’s 113-98 victory over the Denver Nuggets, holding on for an upset as a 4 ½-point betting odds road dog. The Blazers jumped out to a 64-50 halftime lead, connecting three-point buckets at a sizable 14-for-22 clip. 

Blazers forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum united for 46 points, drilling 20-of-40 shots from the floor. Portland’s Wesley Matthews picked up a double-double, notching 21 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. 

Both sides finished with 55 boards each, while the Blazers were sizably outscored in the paint, 50-32. OVER backers cashed with the contest’s 211 points surging above the ‘total’ of 198, despite a 20-for-34 night from Denver at the foul line. 

Back the OVER in Portland 

William Hill opened San Antonio as a 2 ½-point road favorite, while first listing the ‘total’ at 197. Tim Duncan remains listed as ‘doubtful’ for the Spurs, while Portland’s newly-acquired Earl Watson has not played yet due to a calf injury. 

I am backing the OVER in this matchup, adding a play on the ‘total’ to Saturday’s NBA picks

Portland saw the OVER cash at 4-2-1 in its first seven home affairs last year, including a 112-109 defeat to the Spurs that showcased high octane on the floor. The last eight meetings between these rivals have had the OVER collect at 6-2, while the back-to-back spot for both sides should loosen up the defense. 

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San Antonio escaped with a tight win at Staples Center, but could be in for some more running and gunning here. The OVER got the money at a 9-3 mark in the Spurs’ first 12 road games last year, while the Blazers and Spurs have connected from three-point land at 45.8 and 39 percent clips, respectively, in this season’s start. 

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Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge (26.5 PPG) and Damian Lillard (25 PPG) have jumped out to be two of the league’s top 10 scorers, while San Antonio’s Tony Parker has dished the ball in solid form with 7.5 APG. Look for both sides to find the rims in a back-and-forth affair, giving OVER backers a cashed ticket. 

Free Pick: OVER 197 at William Hill