NBA Picks on Total for Trail Blazers vs. Spurs

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:11 PM GMT

The ageless San Antonio Spurs (47-16) have won 7 straight games and sit on top of the Western Conference by ½ game over Oklahoma City. They host a Portland Trail Blazers (42-22) team that is falling in the standings and are currently 5th in the Western Conference.

Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 pm ET at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Bet365 Sportsbook lists the Spurs a 7.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is 211.

The Trail Blazers really need this game, but is there any team that can stop San Antonio during this winning streak?

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How Do They Do It?

Just recently, I witnessed the Chicago Bulls and Joakim Noah as high as a team can be after defeating the Miami Heat on Sunday,and what do the Spurs do? They come into the United Center and do something that the Heat couldn’t do, and that’s beat the Bulls and their active defense.

No matter how old this team gets and whoever head coach Gregg Popovich puts on the court, the Spurs seem to produce and dominate. The Spurs are not about recognition, they’re about winning.

They rank 2nd in the league in assists and that’s a key reason why they’re so successful. Another reason why their so successful is the duo of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

Parker is on the tail end of his prime at 31 years old. In his last 2 games, he’s averaging 25 points and 7 assists and has basically led the way for the Spurs. Duncan, who is one of the greatest power forwards and players of all-time, still has something left in the tank, averaging 30 minutes with 15.3 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.

Gregg Popovich is the best coach in the game and the perfect puppeteer in knowing when to sit his aging stars and rest them and when to play them. The Blazers, who have lost 3 straight, will have their hands full with the resourceful Spurs.

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Rough Patches

Every team experiences some “rough patches” along the way during the season and Portland will have to persevere in order to keep their position in the West.

This is a team that dominated at the beginning of the season, but has failed to keep up the pace. It didn’t help losing LaMarcus Aldridge, but he’s back and playing well. Aldridge is coming off of a huge 28 point, 12 rebound performance in a 118-113 OT road loss to the Houston Rockets.

With Aldridge handling the ball more, this leaves Robin Lopez less opportunities and he’s going to have to find a way to stay involved in the offense. Lopez had a nice 11 point, 11 rebound game against Houston, but he’s looked for his shot less often since the return of Aldridge and excelled when Aldridge was out. He put up just 7 shots in the overtime loss to Houston.

The big men can decide tonight’s game, because a Tony Parker vs. Damian Lillard matchup will be a battle, but is a “wash” in my opinion.

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Head To Head Trends

The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings

Over is 6-2 in their last 8 meetings

Underdog is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings

Outcome

There’s no way that the Spurs can be faded at the moment. I’m going to lean towards the total and there should be plenty of offense in this game. Take the over.

Pick- Portland/San Antonio OVER 211 at Bet 365