San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 3/12/14
Portland Trail Blazers (42-21) at San Antonio Spurs (46-16)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -6 -- Over/Under: 213.5 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers take the trip to the AT&T Center tonight to take on the San Antonio Spurs.
The Trailblazers have lost four of their last five and will be desperate to snap a three-game road skid after falling to the Grizzlies by 109-99 on Tuesday. Damian Lillard led the team with 32 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 and Nicolas Batum had 15, but the Blazers struggled from the field, connecting on just 40 percent of their shots while allowing the Grizzlies to shoot a season-best 56 percent from the field. The Blazers needed more from Wesley Matthews who scored just five points on one of seven shooting after a couple of 26-point performances, but what they really need for the long haul is for Aldridge to snap out of his shooting slump as he's shot just 39.2 percent in his six games since coming back from injury.
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Meanwhile, the Spurs have won 10 of their last 11 and will be going for a seventh straight win after beating the Bulls by 104-96 last night. In one of the most clinical first half performances you will ever see, Manu Ginobili scored 22 points, Tony Parker had 20 and Kawhi Leonard added 16 as the Spurs busted out of the gates to a 51-19 lead midway through the second quarter, before coasting the rest of the way to an easy win. The Bulls were coming off an emotional win over the Heat, so there was always a chance of a letdown performance from them but to the Spurs' credit, they got the jump and didn't show any mercy until the game was well over. With the win, San Antonio improved to 47-16 which leaves them half a game ahead of Oklahoma City.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games playing on the second night of a back to back set, while the Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against teams above .600 and 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games.
Head to head, the Blazers are a healthy 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings.
With Aldridge still working his way back into form, the Blazers have suffered some losses and seem to be in a slump so this seems like a perfect spot for the red-hot Spurs to get a win over them here.