San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (30-9) at San Antonio Spurs (24-16)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -4.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers invade the AT&T Center to take on the San Antonio Spurs tonight.
The Portland Trailblazers were on a nice four-game win streak before falling at home to the Clippers by 100-94 on Wednesday. LaMarcus Aldridge had a monster game of 37 points on 14 of 28 shooting while Chris Kaman added 15 points of his own, but for once, Damian Lillard had a quiet game of just 15 points after totalling just three points after the first three quarters. As a team, the Blazers shot just 40.2 percent from the field, but were right in the game until the Clippers' Jamal Crawford got hot in the fourth quarter to lead his team back from a six-point fourth quarter deficit. With the loss, Portland drops to 30-9 on the season and 18-4 at home.
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Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have won four of their last six overall and are coming off a 98-93 win over the Hornets who were on a five-game win streak. On a rough shooting night for the Spurs, Manu Ginobili turned back the clock with a team-high 27 points on 10 of 14 shooting while Danny Green added 18 points as the Spurs led by 12 points after halftime before escaping with the narrow win. It definitely wasn't the prettiest of wins, but the Spurs are actually off to their worst start since drafting Tim Duncan, so they're just happy to be getting the win.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, while the Spurs are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games following a win.
Head to head, the Blazers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in San Antonio and the Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings overall.
The Blazers have already beaten the Spurs twice this season, including a 129-119 triple overtime thriller back on Dec. 19, so the advantage definitely goes to the Blazers in this one. I actually think the Spurs will win this one at home, but it's going to be a close one so taking the Blazers with the points feels like the right play here.