Portland Trail Blazers – San Antonio Spurs / NBA – Portland recently suffered a home defeat against the Spurs in the final game. The Spurs celebrated 93:91 and McCollum missed the victory for the home team. In the match, the Spurs played without Parker and Leonard, while the Blazers were complete. It’s not yet known what the line-up will be in this duel, but we definitely expect a rather uncertain and maybe a tough match (both teams play well defensively).
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers stay in the middle of the table at the Western Conference. In the last match, which they also played in front of their own audience, they celebrated a convincing 110: 89 win against Atlanta. On the account they have 20 wins and 18 defeats, while at home they have celebrated in 9 of 19 matches. So it’s obvious that the Blazers play much better in the distance than at home, where by the way they have lost their first direct duel against the Spurs. It is very important for Portland that their best player Lillard, who was injured, returned to the team. His contribution in the game of Portland is enormous and you could see that, especially in the matches he missed.
On average, Lillard scores 25 points and is together McCollum one of the league’s most dangerous shooting guard duo. There is Nurkic, who is in very good form this season. Winger Turner has been in double digits in the last three matches, giving the Blazers attack extra width. Although they are the worst team in the league in the field of assists (18.8 per match on average), they broke their own record against the Hawks with 30 assists.
San Antonio Spurs
As the second-placed team in the field of cashed counterparts travel the Spurs to Portland, where they will meet the fourth defensive team of the NBA. Their first direct duel ended with a 93-91 win for the Spurs and a similar scenario, at least as far as the points are concerned, this time could easily be repeated. Notwithstanding that both teams have good marksmen, they are much more focused on solid defense.
The Spurs have so far recorded 27 wins and 13 defeats (away 9-11) and occupy third place in the Western Conference. Before this guest appearance in Portland they celebrated against Phoenix 103: 89. Coach Popovich has spared Aldridge in the match while Green failed due to injury. While it is important for the Blazers that Liillard has returned to the team, it is important for the Spurs that Leonard is back, although he is not in top form.
Portland Trail Blazers – San Antonio Spurs TIP
Judging from the first direct duel, we should not expect a point-efficient match, especially since it is known that both teams prefer defensive-oriented basketball. The hosts from Portland are complete, while the guests only have to do without Green. Again, only one roll could be crucial.
Our Prediction: Under 198,5 points @ 1.93