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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Portland Trail Blazers - NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers (32-13) at Cleveland Cavaliers (26-20)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

Cleveland Cavaliers -5.5 -- Over/Under 204 See the Latest Odds


The Cleveland Cavaliers play host to the Portland Trailblazers tonight at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Portland Trailblazers had lost five of their last six games and were staring at a third straight loss before LaMarcus Aldridge decided to make a surprise return to the lineup and pour in 26 points in a 103-96 win over the Wizards on Saturday. Damian Lillard added 20 points and seven assists while Wesley Matthews added 19 points as the Blazers took down the Wizards thanks to a dominant 58-41 second half effort. Originally predicted to be out six to eight weeks with a thumb injury, Aldridge decided to postpone surgery and breathe new life into what would have been a forgotten season without him. With the win, Portland improves to 32-13 on the season and 20-5 at home.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Portland Trail Blazers -  NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a seventh straight win after taking down the surging Pistons by 103-95 on Tuesday. LeBron James stuffed the stat sheet with 32 points, six rebounds and seven assists while Kyrie Irving led the scoring with six threes en route to 38 points as the Cavs improved to 26-20 on the season and 11-11 on the road where they've won their last three. Even with Kevin Love still searching for his place in the offense, the Cavs have really been heating up lately and are looking better with every game. 

In ATS trends, the Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and 3-5 ATS in their last eight road games, while the Cavs are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall.

Head to head, the Blazers are 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland.

The Cavs have improved so much lately, especially at home where they're beginning to string up some wins together, but the Blazers should be able to give them plenty of trouble and maybe even get the win with the extra rest they received from their postponed game. I'm taking Portland with the points in what should be a close one.

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