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Trail Blazers vs. Suns - 2/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Phoenix Suns (28-22) at Portland Trail Blazers (33-16)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers square off Thursday night at the Moda Center.

The Phoenix Suns are holding onto the last seed in the West by splitting their last eight games. On the season, the Suns are averaging 106.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 104.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 16.9 points and six assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.5 points and four assists. Isaiah Thomas is dishing 3.6 assists and Markieff Morris is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns lack of defense continues to hurt them, as they’ve allowed 100 or more points in 10 of their last 13 games. The Suns are also allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Suns are always going to be explosive offensively but have to figure things out defensively in order to be a true playoff threat.

Trail Blazers vs. Suns - 2/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Trail Blazers are dropping in the standings with losses in five of their last seven games. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 102.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 97.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.8 points and 10.3 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21.7 points and 6.3 assists. Wesley Matthews is shooting 45.8 percent from the field and Robin Lopez is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are also struggling on defense during this stretch, as they’re allowing 45.5 percent shooting from the field and 41.3 percent shooting from downtown in their last five games. The Trail Blazers have won 21 of their 33 games this season on their home court.

The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Trail Blazers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Suns are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Portland and 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.

While the Trail Blazers aren't playing great ball lately, they're still tough to beat on their home court as much as any team in the league. Also, I don't trust the Suns style of play to beat good teams. Give me Portland and the small chalk. 

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Portland Trail Blazers -3.5

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