Portland Trail Blazers vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 3/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (9-63) at Portland Trail Blazers (37-35)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -15 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers travel to the Moda Center to take on the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday night.
The 76ers have lost 20 of their last 21 games and they're in danger of losing an eighth straight game after losing at the Nuggets by 104-103 on Wednesday. TJ McConnell had a nice game of 17 points and five assists off the bench while Carl Landry and Robert Covington added 16 points each, but while the Sixers battled hard to hang with the Nuggets for most of the game, it all counted for nothing when the Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay drained a ridiculous 35-foot shot at the buzzer to steal the game. With the loss, Philadelphia falls to 9-63 on the season which leaves them in prime position for that highly coveted first overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
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Meanwhile, the Trailblazers were aiming for their third win in four games, but in similar fashion to the 76ers' latest defeat, they lost at the buzzer to the Clippers by 96-94 on Thursday. Damian Lillard led the team with 18 points and eight assists but shot just four of 16 from the field, while CJ McCollum added 17 points with six assists, but with the game tied at 94-94 with just 1.1 seconds left on the clock, it was the Clippers who came out victorious thanks to a clutch jumper from the Clippers' JJ Redick. With the loss, Portland drops to 37-36 on the season which is currently good for sixth place in the Western Conference.
In ATS trends, the 76ers are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games against a team with a winning record and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 against the Western Conference, while the Blazers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a loss and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games against a team below .400.
Head to head, the 76ers are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Portland and the home team is 6-2-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
There is absolutely no reason why the Blazers shouldn't lead by double digits early on and get the cover in this one, but the Sixers were really competitive in their last outing and should have won the game, so I'm taking them with the points but I'm not too confident.