Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs - 11/2/13
San Antonio Spurs (2-0) at Portland Trail Blazers (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Rose Garden)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs could again be without Tim Duncan when they pay a visit to the Portland Trailblazers tonight.
After taking down the Grizzlies in their season opener, the Spurs had to play the Lakers without Tim Duncan and were able to come out on top, winning by 91-85 last night. Tony Parker led the way with 24 points on 12 of 18 shooting, while Kawhi Leonard added 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was great to see Manu Ginobili contributing with 20 points off the bench, but as a team, the Spurs were well below their best. San Antonio shot just 40.4 percent from the field and were pretty lucky to come out on top against a shorthanded Lakers team.
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Meanwhile, the Blazers bounced back from their season opening loss with a big 113-98 road win over the Nuggets last night thanks to some balanced scoring from their starters. Nicolas Batum kick started the offense with five threes on his way to 21 points, while Damian Lillard overcame a slow start to finish with 18 points and seven assists. LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with a typical stat line of 25 points and nine rebounds and Wesley Matthews scored a majority of his 21 points in garbage time. Lillard and Aldridge are going to lead the team in scoring for just about every game this season but their level of success this season depends on the supporting cast and all the early indicators are looking good.
In head to head ATS trends, the home team is 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings overall and the Spurs are 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Portland.
The Spurs' Duncan is still questionable for this game, but if he doesn't suit up I'll definitely be taking the Blazers with the points at home tonight. The Spurs came out of the gates slow against the Lakers and were somewhat lucky to get the win, while the Blazers are coming off an impressive road win at Denver.