San Antonio Spurs (14-32) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (21-25)
January 23, 2023 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -9.5; Over/Under: +241
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The San Antonio Spurs invade the Moda Center to do battle with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
The San Antonio Spurs have been in a major slump as they’ve lost nine of their last 11 games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back here after getting beaten by the Clippers in a 131-126 loss on Friday. Keldon Johnson led the team with 23 points on nine of 16 shooting, Zach Collins and Josh Richardson each scored 17 points while Jeremy Sochan chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Spurs shot a healthy 57 percent from the field and 14 of 26 from the 3-point line as they exploded for 72 points in the first half to take the lead into halftime, but they couldn’t maintain that pace in the second half and got run down by the Clippers who were allowed to shoot a ridiculous 63 percent from the field.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers have been in a real slump as they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a three-game slide after getting beaten by the Lakers in a 121-112 loss on Sunday. Anfernee Simons led the team with 31 points on 12 of 20 shooting, Damian Lillard added 24 points with 10 assists while Jerami Grant chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Trail Blazers shot 43 percent from the field and 17 of 46 from the 3-point line as they dominated the second quarter by 45-13 to take a 25-point lead into halftime, only to get run down in the second half where they got outscored by an incredible 75-41 to suffer one of their worst losses of the season. Lillard had a rough night as he shot just five of 17 from the field, Gary Payton shot just one of five from the field while Shaedon Sharpe scored just four points on one of six shooting.,
Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall. The Trail Blazers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Head to head, the under is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings overall, the Spurs are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Portland and the Spurs are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Spurs are again shorthanded as Devin Vassell is still out, while the Trail Blazers are still missing Justise Winslow who is out at least another two weeks. The Spurs haven’t been able to get anything going recently and their defense left a lot to be desired after allowing the Clippers to shoot 63 percent from the field in Friday’s loss. The Trail Blazers could really do with a win to get their season back on track and I think they finally snap out of their funk and get it in this spot. The Trail Blazers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and I think that trend continues here as Lillard leads his team to a much-needed victory.