Portland Trail Blazers vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/26/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (4-23) at Portland Trail Blazers (23-7)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -14.5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers look to stay hot tonight when they take on the Portland Trailblazers.
Believe it or not, the Philadelphia 76ers will be going for a season-high third straight win tonight after beating the Heat on Tuesday by 91-87 in a shocker. Michael Carter-Williams led the way with 20 points, five assists and six steals while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 19 points as the Sixers stormed back from a 23-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Heat and improve to 4-23 on the season. It wasn't even a lucky shooting streak that saved the day, but rather a fantastic showing of lockdown defense that forced turnover after turnover and tough shot after tough shot. Of course, the Heat did shoot themselves in the foot when they got a little trigger happy from the 3-point line, but you have to give credit to these young Sixers who continue to fight against all odds.
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Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have been red-hot all season and will be looking for a seventh win in eight outings after beating the Thunder by 115-111 in overtime on Tuesday. Damian Lillard continued his rise to superstar status with 40 points and 11 assists including eight 3-pointers, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews added 25 and 22 points respectively as the Blazers beat the Thunder in a scrappy affair that involved an altercation after the final siren. Portland is now a healthy 23-7 on the season which puts them at second in the Western Conference standings.
In ATS trends, the Sixers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a win and 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record, while the Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall but just 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games.
The Blazers have already beaten the Sixers by 114-104 back on Nov. 24 and there isn't much to suggest a different outcome in this one. However, the Blazers might be favored by too many points once the line is released, so let's wait and see what the bookies think because there just might be enough value for the Sixers in this one.