The Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs meet Thursday in NBA action at the AT&T Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 113.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 116.5 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 32.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Anfernee Simons is averaging 21.1 points and 2.6 rebounds. Jerami Grant is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.1 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game.
The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 112.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 122.7 points on 50.7 percent shooting. Keldon Johnson is averaging 22 points and 5 rebounds, while Devin Vassell is averaging 18.5 points and 3.6 assists. Devonte’ Graham is the third double-digit scorer and Tre Jones is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 39 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game.
The Trail Blazers are 9-23-1 ATS in their last 33 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games. The Spurs are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-24 ATS in their last 33 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Trail Blazers last 6 overall. The over is 4-1 in Spurs last 5 Thursday games. The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I'm not running to the window to back either of these tanking teams that are playing for more ping pong balls at this point. The San Antonio Spurs are at home and playing more of their top players, so they get the benefit of the doubt. However, the Spurs are losing their last 5 games by an average of 16.6 points, and they lose at home by an average of 6.2 points. If I'm going to back either of these teams, I want free points attached to it. Portland it is.