Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns
|Date & Time||Thursday January 24, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Talking Stick Resort Arena
The Line: Phoenix +7.5 -- Over/Under 220.5
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The Portland Trailblazers and the Phoenix Suns duke it out at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday night.
The Portland Trailblazers have been in decent shape as they’ve won seven of their past 10 games but they will be looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak snapped by the Thunder in a 123-114 road loss on Tuesday. Damian Lillard led the team with 34 points, eight assists and five steals, CJ McCollum added 31 points while Jusuf Nurkic chipped in with 22 points and 15 rebounds. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 45 percent from the field and 10 of 36 from the 3-point line but they were sloppy with their ball security which led to 16 steals for the Thunder who thrive on live turnovers. With the loss, Portland fell to 29-20 on the season and 9-13 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns have lost 12 of their last 14 games and they will be hoping to put a halt to a five-game losing streak after falling to the Timberwolves in a 118-91 rout on Tuesday. Josh Jackson led the team in scoring with 27 points off the bench while Devin Booker chipped in with just 14 points and four assists. As a team, the Suns shot just 42 percent from the field and seven of 34 from the 3-point line as they didn’t put up much of a fight in the second half after falling behind by 15 points going into halftime. With the loss, Phoenix dropped to 11-38 overall and 7-18 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, 5-1 ATS in their last six against the Eastern Conference and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games overall. The Suns are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Phoenix.
The Suns have been in a world of hurt as they've lost 12 of their last 14 and I don't see them breaking out of their slump against the Trailblazers who have won the last seven meetings. The Suns could also be without DeAndre Ayton and TJ Warren for this game which would leave them severely shorthanded, so I'm going with the more reliable Trailblazers to take advantage and come away with a win and cover here.