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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/30/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia 76ers (23-13) at Portland Trail Blazers (20-16)
Date & Time Sunday December 30, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 221.5
TV Channel
NSPA, NSNW
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The Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers meet Sunday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Philadelphia 76ers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 114.5 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 111.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 26.5 points and 13.3 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 18.8 points and 3.1 assists. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Simmons is grabbing 9.4 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.7 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won five of their last eight road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers could also use a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 110.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 110.8 points on 46 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.7 points and 5.8 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21 points and 3.8 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing eight rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last seven home games.

The 76ers are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games playing on 2 days rest, 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games and 37-16-1 ATS in their last 54 vs. Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are 28-12 ATS in their last 40 home games and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The 76ers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Trail Blazers last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in 76ers last 7 Sunday games.

The Philadelphia 76ers have played some of their better basketball recently on the road despite being outscored by nearly four points on the season. The problem is the 76ers have been inconsistent overall, and I'm not sure I trust them as a favorite on the road against another quality team. The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off a frustrating game last night against the Golden State Warriors and usually bounce back nicely from tough losses, especially at home. This is just an odd line, as I'm not sure the 76ers have earned enough trust to be a favorite on the road against a team such as Portland. I'll take my free bucket.

Pick:
Portland Trail Blazers +1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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