Suns vs. Trail Blazers - 12/11/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (9-14) at Phoenix Suns (10-13)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -4.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, FSAZ
The Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns meet Friday night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers could use a strong win after losing five of their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 101.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 101.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 24.5 points and seven assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 19.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Mason Plumlee is dishing 2.4 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are shooting 39.7 percent from deep in their last five games and have topped 100 points in five of their last seven games. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost eight of their last 10 road games.
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The Phoenix Suns look for a big victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 105.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 105.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 21.9 points and 6.4 assists while Brandon Knight is averaging 21.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. T.J. Warren is grabbing 3.3 rebounds and Ronnie Price is dishing 1.7 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Suns are allowing 39.5 percent shooting from deep in their last five games and have allowed 100-plus points in 10 of their last 13 games. The Phoenix Suns have split their last eight home games. Markieff Morris and Tyson Chandler are questionable.
The Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Suns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Phoenix and 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall.
The Portland Trail Blazers are the better team than the Phoenix Suns, a team that plays no defense, is banged up and has had trouble even protecting home court. I think Portland can win this game outright, but I'll gladly take the points.