Planning on watching today’s Spurs and Trail Blazers game? Catch the action at Moda Center in Portland, OR, as the Trail Blazers hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on ROOT. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 233.5 points, and the Trail Blazers are favored to win at home against the Spurs.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS VS PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: San Antonio Spurs +4.5
This game will be played at Moda Center at 10:00 ET on Thursday, December 28th.
WHY BET THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 104-103 in favor of the Trail Blazers.
- Our projections have Anfernee Simons finishing with Anfernee Simons points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
- From the field, we have the Trail Blazers finishing with a field goal percentage of 45.8% and knocking down 14 threes.
Can the Spurs Lock in a Road Win?
So far this season, the Spurs have struggled to a 4-25 record, which has them in 15th place in the Western Conference. In the Southwest division, they are in 5th place.
San Antonio has yet to win a non-conference game this season, going 0-8 in their eight games outside of the Western Conference. On the road, the Spurs are 2-12, and they have lost five straight games overall.
When looking at their average scoring margin on the road, it sits at -16.8 points per contest. Their average scoring output on the road is 101.2 points per game compared to giving up an average of 118 points.
Against the spread, the Spurs are 11-18, and they have covered the spread in just five of their 14 road games. The team’s average scoring differential on the road vs. the spread is -10.6 points per contest.
San Antonio’s over/under record for the season is 20-9, and the over has hit in each of their last two games. So far, they have had 18 games with the over/under line lower than today’s line of 233.5. In those games, the over/under record is 12-6.
In their most recent game, the Spurs lost to the Jazz by a score of 130-118. San Antonio was 3.5-point underdogs in the game, leading to an ATS loss.
In their most recent game, the Spurs put up 118 points against the Jazz, which is above their season average of 110.9 points per game. So far this season, the Spurs have struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking 30th in free-throw attempts per game. Overall, the Spurs are shooting 45% from the field.
As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Spurs is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 123.2 points per game (28th). The San Antonio defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.9% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.4% of their field goal attempts vs. San Antonio.
Can Portland Live Up to the Hype at Home?
As the Trail Blazers get set to take on the Spurs, they are favored by 4.5 points and will look to improve on their 8-21 overall record. In their conference, Portland is just 14th and 5th in the Northwest Division.
When playing at home, the Trail Blazers are 4-10 and have an average scoring differential of -5.9 points per contest. Their average over/under line is 225.6 and their over/under record for the season is 13-15.
Portland’s games have all had over/under lines lower than today’s line of 233.5. The over has gone 11-13-1 in these games. In their last game, the Blazers took down the Kings by a score of 130-113. They were 9-point underdogs in the game and also covered the spread.
Coming into today’s game, Jerami Grant is the team’s leading scorer at 22 PPG, while Shaedon Sharpe is averaging 16.8 PPG. Overall, the Blazers are shooting 50% from the field and 80% from the free throw line. In their last game, they put up 130 points against the Kings.
On defense, Trail Blazers is currently around the league average in points allowed, giving up an average of 114.7 points per game. Portland’s defense is currently forcing 14.3 turnovers per game, which is 24th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 25th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.4 rejections per game.