Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns - 11/13/13
Phoenix Suns (5-2) at Portland Trail Blazers (5-2)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Rose Garden)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -7 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers look for payback as the surprising Phoenix Suns visit on Wednesday night.
Head to head, the Suns are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings while the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, but just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Suns on the other hand are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Portland Trail Blazers continued their hot start to the season, this time by dispatching the visiting Detroit Pistons 109-103 on Monday night to record their fifth victory in their first seven starts. A big part of their early success is attributed to their play on the offensive end as they rank in the top eight in the NBA in points (104.1) and assists (24.4) per game. It also helps when you have one of the best inside-outside duo's in the league in LaMarcus Aldridge and Damien Lillard, who are both averaging above 20 points on the young season, a feat only four other teams in the league can say they have.
For mine, the Phoenix Suns have been the most impressive team in the first couple of weeks of action. No one gave the Suns any chance before the start of the season, including me, but they have proved everyone wrong and even though it's probably not going to happen, they look like a playoff team right now. Led by new Sun Eric Bledsoe and the recent emergence of Markieff Morris, who has averaged 24.6 points over his last three games, Phoenix has raced out to a 5-2 start with those losses coming on the road at Oklahoma City and San Antonio by a combined 10 points. It's still very early, but the Suns are atop of the Pacific standings, ahead of teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers.
There's no doubt the Trail Blazers are going to want revenge on the Suns for their loss in the season opener and they will probably get it, but it's not going to come easy. Phoenix is playing with a lot of confidence right now and if their two road games and Oklahoma City and San Antonio are anything to go by, then Portland is in for a battle. Taking the Suns here and feeling pretty good about it...
Dan’s Pick: Phoenix +7
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