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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 2/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Trail Blazers at Philadelphia 76ers
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia -2 -- Over/Under 229.5
TV Channel
NSPA, NSNW
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NBA | Portland Trail Blazers at Philadelphia 76ers
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The Portland Trailblazers travel to the Wells Fargo Center to battle the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday afternoon.

The Portland Trailblazers have been in great form as they’ve won nine of their past 13 games and they will be gunning for a third straight victory after blowing past the Nets in a 113-99 road win on Thursday. Jusuf Nurkic led the team with 27 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, CJ McCollum added 21 points with five assists while Enes Kanter chipped in with 18 points on eight of nine shooting off the bench. As a team, the Trailblazers shot just 43 percent from the field and seven of 32 from the 3-point line but they were never in danger after taking control of the game in the third quarter where they outscored the Nets by 34-22. Damian Lillard shot just five of 21 from the field to finish with 13 points and eight assists after putting on a show in the All-Star game. With the win, Portland improved to 35-23 overall and 11-15 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have been a team on the rise as they’ve won four of their last five games and they will be gunning for a third straight victory after sneaking past the Heat in a 106-102 home win on Thursday. The newly-acquired Tobias Harris led the team in scoring with 23 points and 11 rebounds, Ben Simmons added 21 points while Boban Marjanovic chipped in with 19 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes of action. As a team, the 76ers shot 45 percent from the field and seven of 26 from the 3-point line as they rallied in the fourth quarter to escape with the narrow win in a game where they were trailing in the final two minutes. With the win, Philadelphia improved to 38-21 overall and 24-7 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record, 5-1 ATS in their last six against the Eastern Conference and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The 76ers are 28-11 ATS in their last 39 home games against a team with a losing road record, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a win and 0-4 ATS in their last four Saturday games.

Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the Trailblazers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Philadelphia.

The Trailblazers were in good shape heading into the All-Star break and it looks like they’ve continued that good form with a solid road win over the Nets on Thursday. The 76ers were on a nice roll of their own heading into the break, but they’re going to have to get through the next week without Embiid who does so much for them on both ends of the floor. The 76ers will be eager to get their revenge after falling to the Trailblazers by 129-95 earlier in the season, but I just feel that the loss of Embiid will be too much, so I'm sticking with the Trailblazers to get the win here.

Pick:
Portland +2

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