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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13

Portland Trail Blazers (19-4) at Philadelphia 76ers (7-17)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +9.5 -- Over/Under: 210.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers head to Philly on Saturday to face off against the Philadelphia 76errs.

The Philadelphia 76ers are struggling this season, going just 7-17 overall, and at home, the Sixers are just 6-7 this season.  Philly has struggled this season, but the offense has been effective, scoring an average of 101.8 points per game.  The defense is the big issue for the Sixers, as they rank 30th in the league, allowing 109.3 per game.  Philly has really had it tough lately, dropping five straight heading into their meeting here with the Trail Blazers, with their most recent loss coming on the road to the Raptors Friday night 108-100.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13

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The Portland Trail Blazers have been a force this season, as they are 19-4 overall on the year and on the road Portland is an impressive 9-2.  The Trail Blazers, like the Sixers have an impressive offense, as Portland is averaging 106.4 per game on the year.  The difference here is the defense.  Portland plays well on the other end of the court as well, holding teams to 100.1 per game this season.  The Trail Blazers have won four out of their last five, including two in a row heading into Philly on Saturday.

Portland is 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games after allowing 100+ in their previous outing and also 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games against a team with a losing overall record.  The Trail Blazers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games when playing on a single days rest and 2-0-2 against the spread in their last four games against the Sixers. 

The Sixers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a winning percentage over .600.  The Sixers are just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games following an ATS loss.  The Sixers are also just 1-8 against the spread in their last nine games overall.  The under is 6-1 in their lasts seven meetings between these two teams in Philly.

I’m going with the over in this spot.  Portland is on a tear right now, and I don’t see how the Sixers can slow them down.  The Sixers likely won’t be able to contain the Trail Blazers, so if Philly is going to try and get the win here, the Sixers will need to run the floor and try and outscore the Trail Blazers, which should push this one over the number here.

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Over 210.5

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