Poised for the playoffs
Portland has missed the NBA playoffs each of the last two seasons, but will likely make a return due to possessing the league’s third-best record, as it opens up a four-game Western Conference road trip Friday.
The Trail Blazers have won their last three games, including a 108-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers as 10.5-point home favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total of 211.5.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 9-14 SU and 10-13 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points in the NBA odds, with the OVER going 12-11 in that situation.
San Antonio continues to play tremendous basketball, as it has won six games in a row, including a 109-105 triumph as 13.5-point home favorites Wednesday.
The Spurs are 16-5 SU at home this season, including a 10-3 mark versus conference rivals.
NBA handicappers will find that the squad is 9-6 SU and 7-8 ATS versus teams with a winning record.
The Trail Blazers have all five probable starters averaging in double figures, with forward LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way in scoring 23.8 points a contest.
Portland has won 13 of its last 18 regular-season meetings against San Antonio, with Aldridge playing a major part in that success. He has averaged 23.3 points on 58.3 percent shooting in the last 12 games in this series.
Spurs point guard Tony Parker is shooting 57.1 percent over his last nine games, as he continues to lead the team’s starting lineup in scoring 18.1 points a contest.
It’s important to point out that Parker has knocked down just 41.5 percent of his field-goal attempts in his last seven games versus the Trail Blazers—his lowest mark against any foe over that period of time.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Trail Blazers in their NBA picks for tonight, as they’ve covered the number in 11 of the last 16 games in this series.
NBA Pick: Portland Trail Blazers +6