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Trail Blazers vs Spurs NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs
- Where: San Antonio at AT&T Center
- Date: Wednesday, December 14th
- Betting Odds SA +7, POR -264 | SA +212 O/U 231.0
So far, the Trail Blazers have put together an overall record of 15-12, while going 18-9-0 vs the spread. Portland will be going for their 3 straight win in today’s game as they have rattled off 2 straight wins.
In their previous game, the Trail Blazers took down the Timberwolves by a score of 133-112. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 4 point favorites. Portland was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Timberwolves to cut into their 11 point halftime lead. In the win, Damian Lillard led the team in scoring with 38 points on a field goal percentage of 61.9%.
So far, the Spurs have put together an overall record of 9-18, while going 12-15-0 vs the spread. San Antonio comes into the game having rattled off 3 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 4.67 points per game
The Spurs are coming off a 112-111 win over the Cavaliers. This win came despite entering the game as the 9 point underdogs. San Antonio went on to win the game, as they led by 16 heading into halftime. In the win, Josh Richardson led the team in scoring with 24 points on a field goal percentage of 69.2%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Trail Blazers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Spurs, averaging 95.5 points per game. As for Portland, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 122.5 points per contest against the Spurs. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Spurs have an average scoring margin of +21 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 5-0. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 219 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Portland offense is ranked 18th in the NBA in scoring at 112.0 points per game. One area that the Portland offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 19.7 made free-throws per contest. If the Trail Blazers offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.1 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Against the Spurs, the Trail Blazers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 27th in points allowed.
This season, the Trail Blazers offense has primarily worked through Anfernee Simons and Jerami Grant who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 25 games, Simons is 23rd in the NBA at 23.7 points per game. So far, him and Grant have accounted for 41% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 46.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jerami Grant is grabbing 4.2 rebounds for Portland to go along with 2.7 assists.
This season, the San Antonio offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 110.1 points per game. In terms of pace, the Spurs are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.9 possessions per game. 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 52.6%.
Against the Trail Blazers, the Spurs will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 23rd in points allowed.
On offense, Keldon Johnson leads the Spurs in scoring at 20.9 points per game, placing him 41st in the NBA. Overall, Johnson has hit 40.3% of his shots while accounting for 20.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 11th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 20.2 points per game, Devin Vassell is the 2nd leading scorer for the Spurs. For the season, he is 82nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.2%.
Trail Blazers vs Spurs Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Spurs +7
- Free Total Prediction: Over 231.0