Portland Trail Blazers vs San Antonio Spurs - 5/8/14
Portland Trail Blazers (54-28) at San Antonio Spurs (62-20)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -6.5 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs and the Trailblazers suit up for Game 2 tonight at the AT&T Center.
Tony Parker poured in 33 points and nine assists to lead the Spurs to a massive 116-92 win over the Trailblazers in Game 1. Kawhi Leonard added just 16 points while Tim Duncan had 12, but it was actually the Spurs' bench who forced the tempo of the game and pushed the Spurs out to an unassailable 65-39 lead at halftime. Marco Belinelli poured in 19 points off the bench while Aron Baynes and Patty Mills finished with 10 points apiece as the Spurs' reserves outscored the Blazers' by 50-18.
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As for the Blazers, it all starts with Damian Lillard and he just couldn't quite get it going, scoring 17 points but shooting just six of 15 while committing six turnovers, but this game was more about the lack of production from the supporting cast. Yes, LaMarcus Aldridge had a big game of 32 points, but other than 10 points from Robin Lopez, no other Blazer even finished in double figures in scoring. Portland's bench just can't compete with the Spurs', so they're going to need much more from Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews who combined for just 15 points. There's no doubt that the Blazers looked completely outmatched in Game 1, but we all know how good they can really be when they're switched on.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games but just 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last five Conference Semifinals games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against teams above .600.
It's hard to gauge how the Blazers will fare in Game 2, because they just weren't themselves in the series opener. I definitely expect a much better showing from the Blazers, but I actually think the Spurs will pull away late and win again.