Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/14/14 Game Five
Portland Trail Blazers (54-28) at San Antonio Spurs (62-20)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -8 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs can end the NBA playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers with a win Wednesday night in game six.
For the first time this series, the Trail Blazers actually showed up with a 103-92 win in game four. The Trail Blazers had four of their five starters score in double figures and they outrebounded the Spurs, 53-46. Damian Lillard led the way with 25 points and improved his shooting percentage for the series to 41.6 percent. LaMarcus Aldridge also had his best game of the series by chipping in 19 points and shooting 50 percent from the field. In the Trail Blazers last five games, they’re averaging 98.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 48.5 percent shooting. While defense has been an issue for the Trail Blazers, they are 14-2 SU in their last 16 games when holding their opponent under 100 points. The Portland Trail Blazers are 47-45 ATS overall and 27-19 ATS on the road.
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The Spurs sot only 16.7 percent from downtown in the game four loss and were held to less than 100 points for the first time since game four against the Dallas Mavericks. The only positive for the Spurs that came out of the loss was that no starter played more than 27 minutes. In their last five games, the Spurs are averaging 111.8 points on 50.5 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Danny Green is still struggling to find his shot, as he’s shooting just 32.1 percent from the field and averaging 5.5 points in this series. However, Boris Diaw is shooting 73.9 percent in limited action and has scored in the double figures twice in this series. The San Antonio Spurs are 49-44 ATS overall and 23-24 ATS at home.
The Trail Blazers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. The Spurs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games. The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in San Antonio.
As I mentioned before, the Trail Blazers are a different team when they actually show up to play. While the Spurs should win on their home court, I like Portland to keep this game close with a similar effort they put on in game four. Take the points.