The Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers collide from US Airways Center on Wednesday to open the season for both teams.
Head to head, the Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and are 7-18-2 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Phoenix while the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings
After years of hanging on, the Phoenix Suns have finally committed to rebuilding the franchise from the ground up, and they chose just the right season to do so, given the talent on offer in this upcoming draft. The Suns joined teams such as Boston, Philadelphia and Orlando in the Riggin-for-Wiggins sweepstakes and if you want further proof of this, they just traded away their best player in Marcin Gortat to Washington in exchange for Emeka Okafor (who is currently out with a herniated disk in his neck and his return is unknown) and a first round draft pick. I for one applaud this strategy because if there was ever a season to be bad then it’s this one, given that the next draft is loaded with franchise changing players.
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Unlike Phoenix, the Portland Trail Blazers improved their team dramatically in the offseason by upgrading their second-unit, which was a major sore spot for them last season to say the least. In fact, the Trail Blazers had the second-worst bench of the past three decades as only the 1998-99 Chicago Bulls’ backups have collectively been less effective. This season however, Portland should have one of the better second-units in the league after the additions of Mo Williams, Robin Lopez, Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and rookie C.J McCollum, who is expect to miss up to five weeks with a foot injury that was sustained in preseason action. Adding a bench to what was already one of the better starting fives in the league, which features reigning rookie of the year in Damian Lillard and All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, the Trail Blazers should be right in the mix to contend for on the final playoff spots in the ever tough Western Conference.
The Blazers should be one of the better offensive teams in the league this season and I can see them putting up a monster score against one of the worst defensive teams in the league in Phoenix. While the Suns are far from being a good offensive team, they will at least get out and push the pace under rookie head coach Jeff Hornacek. I also have a pick on who will cover the spread, which can be found in the premium section. I would stay away from this total, but my pick is on the over…
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