In this high caliber Western duel between the fourth and the sixth best teams of the conference, the sixth San Antonio Spurs (40-29), are hosting the fourth Portland Trail Blazers (42-26), with both teams having won their last seven and three games respectively and are looking to extend those winning streaks tonight.
Date/Time: 03-16-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: San Antonio Spurs -2.5
San Antonio Spurs have a 40-29 record (38-30-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Jazz in the 6th place of the West. They have seven consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Knicks with a 109-83 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 21.6 ppg, adding 6.1 boards and a team high 6.1 dimes per game. He is followed by LaMarcus Aldridge with 21.3 ppg and a team high 9 boards per game.
Portland Trail Blazers have a 42-26 record (39-29 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Thunder in the 4th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Pelicans with a 122-110 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 26 ppg, adding 4.5 boards and a team high 6.5 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21.5 ppg and 4.1 boards per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Blazers lead the Spurs 2-1 wins with each team having won at home. Spurs have a 27-7 home record, while the Blazers are 17-17 on the road. Blazers are better both offensively, scoring 114.2 ppg to Spurs’ 112 and both teams are identical defensively, allowing 110.5 ppg each. Spurs have better percentages both in field goals (47.9% to 46.5%) and in 3-pointers (39.8% to 35.9%). Spurs are better both in dimes made (24.5 to 22.8) and in turnovers committed (11.9 to 13.6), while Blazers are better in boards grabbed (47.8 to 44.5). Spurs have been very strong at home and Vegas odds give them a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Portland Trail Blazers vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -2.5 (-107)
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