Spurs vs. Trail Blazers - 12/19/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (20-6) at San Antonio Spurs (17-9)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, FSSW, ESPN
The Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs square off Friday night at the AT&T Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers have won eight of their last 10 games and begin a four-game road trip. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 102.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting and are allowing 95.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 22.2 points and 10.4 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 20.8 points and 6.2 assists. Wesley Matthews is shooting 48.9 percent from the field and Chris Kaman is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers continue to play their above-average defense, which is holding teams to 29.2 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Trail Blazers have won 14 of their last 15 games SU when allowing less than 100 points. Nicolas Batum is questionable for this game.
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The San Antonio Spurs have lost four of their last six games and are dealing with injuries. On the season, the Spurs are averaging 101.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 96.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Tim Duncan is averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds while Manu Ginobili is averaging 12.7 points and 4.6 assists. Danny Green is shooting 46.3 percent from the field and Boris Diaw is averaging 3.6 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have allowed 100-plus points in six of their last eight games and are allowing teams to shoot 43 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. The Spurs will be just fine but have to get healthy before they get back into that groove. Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard are expected to miss this game due to injuries.
The Trail Blazers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Southwest and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Spurs are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in San Antonio and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
I'll take a West playoff team and the points against a Spurs team that doesn't have it's top two players.