Portland Trail Blazers vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 1/4/14
Philadelphia 76ers (11-21) at Portland Trail Blazers (26-7)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Rose Garden)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -13.5 -- Over/Under: 222 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers look to extend their three-game win streak when they take on the Portland Trailblazers tonight.
The 76ers look to cap off their six-game road trip with a fourth straight victory after upsetting the Kings by 113-104 on Thursday. Thaddeus Young had a monster game of 28 points and six steals, Evan Turner added 24 points and Tony Wroten had 21 off the bench as the 76ers continue to surprise teams with their up-tempo, free-flowing offense. In fact, the Sixers are averaging 111 points in their last six games while going 4-2. With three wins on the trot, Philadelphia improve to 11-21 overall and 4-13 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Blazers have won four of their last six and are coming off an impressive 134-104 annhiliation of the Bobcats. Wesley Matthews made five of six three pointers on his way to a game-high 25 points, while Damian Lillard shot a perfect six for six from the arc to finish with 24 points. As a team, the Blazers made an impressive 21 of 33 from the arc to cruise to an easy victory, elevating them to 26-7 on the season and 13-3 at home.
In ATS trends, the 76ers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record, while the Blazers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Head to head, the 76ers are 0-3-2 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Portland.
I really wanted to take the Over on this game, but the bookies set it at a very aggressive 224.5 so I guess that's out the window. Instead, I'm going with the suddenly surging Blazers to keep the score respectable against a very good Portland team at home.