Check out our free Trail Blazers vs 76ers pick and preview for this NBA game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Trail Blazers vs 76ers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Philadelphia 76ers
- Where: Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center
- Date: Friday, March 10th
- Betting Odds PHI -9, POR +299 | PHI -383 O/U 230.0
The Trail Blazers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 31-35. So far, the team has gone 33-33-0 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
Not only did the Trail Blazers drop their last game to the Celtics. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 115-93 as 9 point underdogs. Portland struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 15 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Damian Lillard, as he contributed 27 points while hitting 43.8% of his shots.
So far, the 76ers have put together an overall record of 43-22, while going 37-27-1 vs the spread. Against the Trail Blazers, the 76ers are looking to add to their current 3 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 10.0.
Philadelphia is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Timberwolves at home. With the 117-94 victory, they also covered the spread as 3 point underdogs. Philadelphia played well enough in the second half to prevent the Timberwolves from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 13 going into halftime. In the win, Joel Embiid led the team in scoring with 39 points on a field goal percentage of 59.1%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the 76ers picked up the 105-95 win over the Trail Blazers. The 76ers point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 1.5 point favorite. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Trail Blazers averaged 110.5 points per game vs the 76ers. Similar to the Trail Blazers, the 76ers scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Portland, the team averaged 112.0 points per game. Through the last 5 head-to-head matchups, neither team has gotten a leg up on the spread, each sitting at 2-2-1. In addition, the games have been competitive with an average of just 2 points per game separating the teams. A combined average of 220 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
Through 66 games, the Trail Blazers are averaging 114.6 points per contest, placing them 15th in the NBA. The Trail Blazers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.2 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Portland has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 13.8 turnovers per game.
Currently, the Trail Blazers defense is ranked 27th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.11 points per game vs the unit.
Point-Guard Damian Lillard currently leads the Trail Blazers at 32.3 points per game. For the season, he is 6th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 24.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Lillard is averaging 4.6 boards and 7.2 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 3rd ranked defense at defending point-guards. Jerami Grant enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 61 games, he is averaging 20.6 and is 131st in the league in player efficiency rating.
This season, the Philadelphia offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 115.0 points per game. So far, the 76ers are averaging 97.3 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Even though the 76ers are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 39.0%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.
Defensively, the 76ers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.33 points per contest (8th).
On offense, Joel Embiid leads the 76ers in scoring at 33.3 points per game, placing him 1st in the NBA. Overall, Embiid has hit 53.7% of his shots while accounting for 24.5% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 25th in points allowed to centers. At 21.9 points per game, James Harden is the 2nd leading scorer for the 76ers. For the season, he is 29th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.9%.
Trail Blazers vs 76ers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: 76ers -9
- Free Total Prediction: Over 230.0