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Portland Trail Blazers vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction 12-28-23 NBA Picks

Portland Trail Blazers (8-21) vs San Antonio Spurs (4-25)
2023-12-28 22:00:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Portland Trail Blazers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 232.5
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The San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers collide at the Moda Center on Thursday night. Here’s a Spurs vs Trail Blazers Prediction.

San Antonio Spurs 

The San Antonio Spurs have been in terrible form as they’ve lost 23 of their last 24 games and they will be hoping to put an end to a five-game slide after getting routed by the Jazz in a 130-118 loss on Tuesday. Keldon Johnson led the team in scoring with 26 points on nine of 20 shooting off the bench, Devin Vassell added 22 points, Jeremy Sochan tallied 19 points while Victor Wembenyama chipped in with 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. As a team, the Spurs shot 44 percent from the field and 16 of 35 from the 3-point line as they caught fire in the first quarter to take an early 15-point lead, but they couldn’t even hold onto the lead until halftime as the Jazz were back in front for good with 37 points in the second quarter.

San Antonio Spurs Team Facts

  • The Spurs have lost each of their last 11 road games.
  • The Spurs have failed to cover the spread in each of their last eight games against Northwest Division opponents that held a losing record.
  • Seven of the Spurs’ last eight games on the first leg of a back-to-back have gone OVER the total points line.

Portland Trail Blazers 

Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers have been in poor form also as they’ve lost nine of their last 11 games overall, but they will be feeling much better after upsetting the Kings in a 130-113 home win on Tuesday. Anfernee Simons led the team with 29 points on 12 of 25 shooting, David Reath added 25 points off the bench, Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points with six assists while Scoot Henderson tallied 17 points and 11 assists off the bench. As a team, the Trail Blazers shot 50 percent from the field and 16 of 40 from the 3-point line as they took it to the Kings from the start and always looked in control after pouring in 35 points in the second quarter and another 37 points in the third quarter. After this back-to-back set against the Spurs, the Blazers will face the Suns and then will play another b2b against the Mavericks.

Portland Trail Blazers Team Facts

  • The Trail Blazers have lost each of their last 10 Thursday games at Moda Center.
  • The Trail Blazers have covered the spread in each of their last six games on the first leg of a back-to-back after winning as underdogs.
  • Nine of the Trail Blazers’ last 11 games as home favorites against opponents who are on the first leg of a back-to-back have gone UNDER the total points line.

Spurs vs Trail Blazers Prediction

The Spurs are missing Devonte’ Graham due to an illness, while the Trail Blazers are missing Deandre Ayton and Shaedon Sharpe for this one. The Spurs have been playing some terrible basketball lately and they might still be kicking themselves after blowing a big lead in their loss to the Jazz on Tuesday, while the Trail Blazers were in a slump of their own before they took down the Kings in an impressive upset win in their last outing. You couldn’t back either team with much confidence this season, but there is just a bit more to like about the Trail Blazers, even with all the injuries. 

Joe Hall's Free Pick: Portland -4.5

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