Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers Betting Preview
starting to close down the NBA regular season. The best advice professional handicappers
can give you is to find games where both teams still have something to play
We get that
on Saturday night when the San Antonio Spurs visit the Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland is fighting for the sixth seed and avoiding the play-in tournament.
San Antonio is trying to remain in the play-in tournament field and not drop
out to a team like the New Orleans Pelicans.
Conference battle tips off Saturday night at 10 PM EST.
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Spurs: Defensive Focus
have been losing more than they’ve been winning of late, a trend they’ll need
to reverse quickly.
Antonio’s identity is a bottom-ten offense supported by a top-ten defense.
Without a star to take over games, it will be tough for the Spurs to make noise
in the postseason or on Saturday night.
prefer to do their scoring near the paint, as their offense makes the
second-least threes per game.
DeRozan leads San Antonio with 21.7 points per game, adding in 7.3 assists.
Jakob Poetl hauls in nearly eight rebounds per game and blocks just about two
shots per game.
the Celtics to cover the spread versus the Warriors. Go check out our Warriors
at Celtics betting preview.
Trail Blazers: Advantage from Three
moves through Damian Lillard. A top-ten offense that is second in the NBA in
threes made, the offense goes as Lillard does.
averaging nearly 29 points per game on 44% shooting, chipping in 7.6 assists
guard played in just one of the games against the Spurs, going for 35. Expect a
repeat occurrence on Saturday, as the Spurs defense ranks as a bottom-ten team
defending the three.
chips in 23.1 points per game, and Carmelo Anthony is shooting over 40% from
deep. At this time, the Blazers are set to be a part of the NBA
Play-In Tournament, something they’d rather avoid.
large gap between the Blazers’ offense and defense - ranked as one of the five
worst defenses in the NBA.
Blazers’ combination of strong scoring and weak defense makes for a lot of
Take the Over
calculated by shots per game and possessions per game, has both the Spurs and
Blazers as fast teams. Both teams rank inside the top 12 of pace - expect
plenty of shots on Saturday night.
over. Beyond pace, the Blazers’ offense is well-positioned to take advantage of
the Spurs’ poor three-point defense.
defensive weakness is allowing teams to score in the paint, which aligns with
the Spurs’ offensive preference.
offenses have advantages, we can expect both teams to capitalize. Portland is
one of the best teams in the NBA against over/unders.
Portland to Cover
Portland offense is so much stronger than San Antonio’s, and it is enough to
take the Blazers in this one. The Spurs have been a 1.5-point favorite heading
into both meetings this year versus the Blazers, when looking at past NBA odds.
have met twice this season, splitting the series thus far. San Antonio won the
first matchup, 125-104, while Portland won the second game, 107-106.
Blazers did not have the pair of Lillard and McCollum for either of these
games. They have them now.
Portland to win and cover the spread.