San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trailblazers - 5/10/14
San Antonio Spurs (62-20) at Portland Trail Blazers (54-28)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds
The series shifts to the Moda Center where the Portland Trailblazers host the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 tonight.
After looking like a deer in headlights in the series opener, I really expected the Trailblazers to bounce back and compete in Game 2 but they just couldn't stop the league-best offense of the Spurs. Nicolas Batum led the team in scoring and flirted with a triple-double while Damian Lillard added 19 points, but LaMarcus Aldridge shot just six for 23 from the field and the Blazers just couldn't get a stop, especially in the second quarter where the Spurs poured in 41 points. Luckily for the Blazers, they showed some grit and fight in the second half and managed to hold their own which will give them a bit of belief heading into Game 3 tonight.
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As for the Spurs, coach Popovich has to be delighted with his team's efforts as they put together a great team effort to cruise to a 2-0 series lead. Kawhi Leonard got it going right from tipoff and finished with 20 points on eight of nine shooting while Tony Parker added 16 points and 10 assists, but the contributions run deep into the bench where the Spurs simply outmatch the Blazers, outscoring them by 50-19.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last four Conference Semifinals games but just 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, while the Blazers are just 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games and 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Spurs are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall but just 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Portland.
You don't have to be an expert to see that the Spurs have simply dominated the Blazers so far this series, but coming off a couple easy wins, Game 3 might be a bit of a danger game for them. I expect the Blazers to play much better in the comfort of their home court but I still think the Spurs eek out a hard-fought win here by single digits.