4* NBA *Crunch Time Bailout*
San Antonio vs. Portland,
02/21/2012 22:00 EDT,
Score: 97 - 137
Point Spread: -3½/-110 Portland
4* NBA *Crunch Time Bailout* on Trail Blazers -3.5
Portland, which is 12-5 at home on the season, has been one of the toughest home teams in the league for years. That's something the Spurs know all too well. San Antonio has lost 6 straight at the Rose Garden with those losses coming by an average of 8.2 points.
The Spurs are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 in the series and 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Portland. Also, the home team is 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
The Blazers were kicked by 16 in San Antonio last month but that won't keep me off them here. Consider that Portland is 11-2 ATS in home games when out for revenge for a loss in which it was held to 85 points or less. It has won by an average score of 102.6 to 90.0 in this situation.
Last night's SU and ATS loss to the Lakers also bodes well for us. After all, the Trail Blazers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU loss. They are also 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 games as a home favorite. We'll lay the points.