5* NBA WEEKEND WARRIOR GAME OF THE MONTH
Atlanta vs. Portland,
02/18/2012 22:00 EDT,
Score: 77 - 97
Point Spread: -3/-109 Portland
This is a prime spot to jump on the Trail Blazers as a small 3-point favorite. Portland is expecting All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldrige back from an ankle injury and the Trail Blazers will be hungry to put a win on the board after letting one get away against the Clippers on Thursday. While Atlanta has played well on the road so far this season, they are typically a bad team on the road. Coming into this season the Hawks had won just 29% of their road games over the last 10 years. Not to say the Hawks can't keep it close, but there is no way I'm passing up on Portland here.
Atlanta is just 7-18 ATS in their last 25 vs. Western Conference and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog of 0.5-4.5. Portland is 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games as a home favorite and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss. BET THE TRAIL BLAZERS!