San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers: NBA Free Pick
- Updated: January 31, 2011
San Antonio Spurs
(40-7, 28-17-2 ATS)
Portland Trail Blazers
(25-22, 22-23-2 ATS)
NBA betting action is going to be hot at heavy at the Rose Garden on Tuesday night, as the Portland Trail Blazers look to tame the San Antonio Spurs, the team with the best record in the NBA.
This is going to be another great test for the Spurs in a game that could resemble a first round NBA playoff betting duel. San Antonio won the race to 40 wins this year amongst all of the teams in the NBA, and it is still on a pace to win right around 70 games on the campaign. Needless to say, we’re still absolutely loving this offense right now for the Spurs, as they have scored at least 101 points in seven of their last eight games, including dropping 108, 112, and 113 in their last three games respectively. This is the start of the Rodeo Road Trip though, as the men in silver and black won’t be back at the AT&T Center until February 23rd. They are a solid 13-6-1 ATS on the road this year, but we really don’t foresee them being able to withstand this kind of a trip, especially at the clip that they are trying to play at offensively. Tim Duncan certainly isn’t getting any younger, and it is really showing this year, while Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are going to need some help along the way as well to keep San Antonio above water.
The Blazers have lost back to back games at home to the Sacramento Kings and the Boston Celtics, and this is the rubber match in their five game set to determine whether the five game home stand will be a winning one or a losing one. It is crucial to pick up this victory, as the next three are all on the road, where they have a losing record both SU and ATS on the campaign. Nicolas Batum likely will be the fourth different starter that is going to be left on the bench wearing street clothes in this one, as he has a knee injury, just like Marcus Camby, Brandon Roy, and Greg Oden. LaMarcus Aldridge had another great game in which he scored 17 points and brought down 16 boards against the Celtics, but even though he had numbers like that and played in over 44 minutes of action, it wasn’t enough to even put a remotely respectable number on the board to try to beat the NBA odds. If Aldridge isn’t huge, there’s just no hope of taking down one of the best teams that NBA betting action really has to offer.
If this game were a bit further up the road in the Rodeo Roadie, we would’ve probably felt a little differently. The Spurs are still fresh though, and both of these teams have had plenty of time to prepare for this game. Advantage: San Antonio.
NBA Free Pick: San Antonio Spurs
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