Check out our free Spurs vs Trail Blazers pick and preview for this NBA game in Portland. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Spurs vs Trail Blazers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers
- Where: Portland at Moda Center
- Date: Monday, January 23rd
- Betting Odds POR -9, SA +329 | POR -430 O/U 240.5
The Spurs come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 14-32. So far, the team has gone 23-23-0 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, San Antonio has an overall record of 1-2, including going 2-1 against the spread.
The Spurs will be looking to bounce back from a 131-126 loss to the Clippers. In terms of betting, San Antonio entered as 7 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. San Antonio let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Keldon Johnson, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 56.2% of his shots.
So far, the Trail Blazers have put together an overall record of 21-25, while going 24-22-0 vs the spread. Against the Spurs, the Trail Blazers are looking to break out of a 3 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -9.33 points per contest.
The Trail Blazers are coming off a dissappointing 121-112 loss to the Lakers. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 5 points. Portland let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Anfernee Simons, as he contributed 31 points while hitting 60.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Spurs averaged 122.5 points per game vs Portland, which was an increase over their season-long average. However, the Trail Blazers actually averaged fewer points per game than their season-long mark. Across their head-to-head matchups with San Antonio, the team averaged 95.5 points per game. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Spurs have averaged 119 points per game compared to 108 for Portland. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for San Antonio. A combined average of 227 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Spurs come into today’s game as the 17th ranked scoring offense at 112.8 points per game. When looking at the Spurs pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 100.8. Although the Spurs offense does a good job generating possessions, their poor shooting numbers are a key reason for their poor scoring numbers. So far, the team has an effective field goal percentage of just 53.2%.
Against the Trail Blazers, the Spurs will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 23rd in points allowed.
Small-Forward Keldon Johnson currently leads the Spurs at 21.6 points per game. For the season, he is 31st in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 19.4% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Johnson is averaging 4.9 boards and 2.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 5th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Tre Jones enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 45 games, he is averaging 13.6 and is 134th in the league in player efficiency rating.
For the season, the Trail Blazers offensive unit is ranked just 18th in scoring at 112.8 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.5 per contest. Although the Trail Blazers have a current effective field goal percentage of 55.0%, their below average pace of play is a key factor behind their mediocre scoring numbers.
Against the Spurs, the Trail Blazers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 27th in points allowed.
On offense, Damian Lillard leads the Trail Blazers in scoring at 29.0 points per game, placing him 9th in the NBA. Overall, Lillard has hit 44.5% of his shots while accounting for 23.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 28th in points allowed to point-guards. At 21.8 points per game, Anfernee Simons is the 2nd leading scorer for the Trail Blazers. For the season, he is 170th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.3%.
Spurs vs Trail Blazers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Trail Blazers -9
- Free Total Prediction: Under 240.5
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