Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/8/14 Game Two
Portland Trail Blazers (54-28) at San Antonio Spurs (62-20)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -7 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs play game two of the NBA playoffs on Thursday night. The Spurs lead the series 1-0.
The Trail Blazers decided not even to show up in the 116-92 game one loss. The Trail Blazers shot just 37.8 percent from the field, turned the ball over 20 times and drop to 2-10 SU in their last 12 games when scoring less than 100 points. In the Trail Blazers last five games, they’re averaging 105.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 112.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge has produced back-to-back 30-point games, but the Trail Blazers have to improve defensively if they have any shot to make it out of this series. While Wesley Matthews is known for his defense, he’s shooting just 40.7 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from three in the playoffs. The Portland Trail Blazers are 46-43 ATS overall and 27-18 ATS on the road.
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The Spurs put on a clinic in game one, shooting 50.6 percent from the field and getting 33 points from Tony Parker. Parker has 13 assists and 65 points in his last two playoff games, as the Spurs improve to 24-3 SU in their last 27 games when scoring 100 or more points. In the Spurs last five games, they’re averaging 109.6 points on 50.2 percent shooting and allowing 98.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting. With the blowout win in game one, guys like Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili played only 24 and 18 minutes, respectively. The San Antonio Spurs are 47-43 ATS overall and 22-24 ATS at home.
The Trail Blazers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The home team is 19-9 ATS in the last 28 meetings between these two teams.
OK, it’s time for you to forget about game one and remember just how good the Trail Blazers are when they actually show up. It’s highly unlikely Portland shoots as poorly as it did on Tuesday and the turnovers will be limited as well. The Trail Blazers are a team that relies on threes, and they made only four of 16 attempts in game one. That’s not happening again.
Take the Trail Blazers and the points.