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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings - 11/8/13

Sacramento Kings (1-3) at Portland Trail Blazers (2-2)

NBA Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Rose Garden)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers look to bounce back as they play host to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

Head to head, the Kings are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The Trail Blazers are 4-14 ATS in their last 18 vs. Western Conference, 1-9 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Kings on the other hand are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games following a S.U. loss, but just 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings - 11/8/13

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Having split their opening four games of the season, defense continues to be the underlining issue for the Portland Trail Blazers. Following their 116-101 home loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, the Trail Blazers are now surrendering 105.8 points per game and are being outscored in the paint by an average of 52 to 29.5. On the plus side, Portland is also averaging 105 points per game (which ranks 5th in the league) and boasts one of the premier inside-outside combos in the league in Damien Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge,  who are both averaging a shade over 24 points on the young season. In fact, Aldridge is the franchise’s first player since Cliff Robinson in 1991 to score at least 20 in the first four games of a season.

Defense has also been an issue for the Sacramento Kings, who have surrendered 104.3 points per game during their three game skid. After opening their season with a 90-88 win over the visiting Denver Nuggets, the Kings have since struggled to contain some of the best offenses in the league in Los Angeles (Clippers,) Golden State and most recently Atlanta, who all rank in the top five in the league for points per game. Sacramento has also struggled on the offensive end in their last couple of outings, especially DeMarcus Cousins who has been held to just 19 points of his last two games after averaging 27 through the first two.

I’ve thought about this game for a couple of hours now and after going back-and-forth, I’ve settled on the Trail Blazers. There is every chance that the Kings make a game of this, but you just never know with them really. However, we do know that Portland is really strong at the Rose Garden and they do have four of the best five players on the court. The moneyline is pretty safe, but I won’t be touching this personally...

Dan’s Pick: Portland -7.5

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