Play the 'Total' for Trail Blazers vs. Spurs Game 5

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:55 PM GMT

Though the Trail Blazers rose to the occasion in Game 4, it's going to take an even better all-around performance to do the same in San Antonio tonight. With their backs against the wall, will Portland make a game of it, or are we taking the Spurs with our sports picks?

Odds Overview
Portland dominated Game 4, but oddsmakers aren't changing their stance on San Antonio as heavy favorites back at home. The Spurs are favored by as many as eight points and will come in having gone 3-1 ATS in the series so far. 

We can find the O/U for Game 5 at either 208.5 or 209 at this point in time.


Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers finally brought their A game and were able to halt the offensive prowess of the Spurs at least once. 

After allowing 114+ points in each of the first three games, Portland was able to hold San Antonio to 92 two nights ago. The Trail Blazers dominated in the paint, out-scoring the Spurs 62-44 and they were leading by as many as 20 points at one juncture.

Damian Lillard had a lot of success, pouring in 25 points on 11-of-21 shooting to go along with five assists and four rebounds. Nicolas Batum meanwhile had an amazing all-around game, closing out with 14 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists in the win.

As a team, Portland shot 43.9 percent overall, 33.3 percent from three and 76.9 percent from the line. LaMarcus Aldridge (19 points and four rebounds), Robin Lopez (9 and 12), Wesley Matthews (10 and eight) and Will Barton (17 and six) also contributed solid numbers.

It was refreshing to see Barton and Thomas Robinson (nine points and five rebounds in 24 minutes of play) get more playing time and maybe Terry Stotts will keep a similar rotation tonight, especially with Mo Williams (groin) considered questionable to play.

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San Antonio Spurs
You had to figure San Antonio's insane offensive efforts in their first three wins wouldn't be able to be maintained throughout.

The Spurs cooled off in Game 4, shooting 44.3 percent overall and making only three three-pointers (3-of-18 for 16.7 percent) in the loss. They also hit just 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) from the charity stripe.

It was simply an off night for San Antonio's starters. Tony Parker had more turnovers (three) than assists and rebounds combined (one) and ended up with only 14 points. Tim Duncan had 12 points and nine boards but the team was -14 with him on the floor, while Kawhi Leonard registered a 11/7/3 line.

Gregg Popovich was quick to pull the plug on his starting group after a lackluster showing, and he'll be hoping they don't make it a trend here tonight. Portland will come out with nothing to lose and San Antonio has to bring a good effort on both ends.

After witnessing such domination through the first three games, it's hard to imagine the Spurs have all of a sudden lost their spark. Look for this experienced group to bounce back at home.

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Game 5 Pick
These playoffs have been pretty crazy so far and, while it would go against our better judgment, we wouldn't be shocked at all if Portland found a way to win this game. 

Nonetheless, we don't have much faith in that happening and, if we had to make a pick on the spread, we'd take San Antonio despite the high amount of chalk.

Our favorite play, however, is on the OVER for Game 5. The shots weren't falling as much two nights ago, but we don't see that happening again in what's been an incredibly high-scoring series so far. Look for the offense to return tonight, leading to a cashed ticket for OVER backers.

Pick: OVER 208.5 (and lean Spurs)