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NBA Betting – Spurs vs. Trail Blazers

NBA Basketball Trends – San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers

The San Antonio Spurs (0-1 SU & ATS) disappointed in their NBA season opener. On Friday night they will try to even things out on their record as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers (0-1 SU & ATS) in NBA pro basketball sports betting action that is scheduled to take place at 10:30 PM ET at the Rose Garden in Portland.

BetUS NBA Basketball Sports Betting Odds: SAN ANTONIO -2, Total 178

Here are some of the NBA pro basketball sports betting trends as they relate to this matchup:

* SA has covered one of its last five games
* SA has lost five of its last six games SU
* SA has played eight of its last ten games UNDER the total
* SA has covered three of its last 13 road games
* SA has lost seven of its last eight road games SU
* SA has played four of its last five road games UNDER the total
* PORT has covered five of its last seven games
* PORT has lost eight of its last 11 games SU
* PORT has played four of its last five games UNDER the total
* PORT has covered four of its last five home games
* PORT has covered seven of its last 21 home games

Also…

* SA has covered six of the last nine meetings
* SA has won the last 12 meetings SU
* SA has won 19 of the last 20 meetings SU
* SA has won nine of the last ten meetings SU as the road team
* PORT has covered four of the last six meetings as the home team
* SA has covered 14 of the last 20 meetings as the road team

San Antonio got 32 points from both Tim Duncan and Tony Parker in the opener against Phoenix, but they felt the effects of being without Manu Ginobili, who is out with an ankle injury. The Spurs shot 50% from the field, but still lost a 103-98 decision. Fabricio Oberto is also struggling with an irregular heartbeat, so San Antonio is hurting in terms of its bench strength.

Portland shot less than 35% in its opener, a 20-point loss to the Lakers in which the Blazers managed just 76 points. Greg Oden got knocked out with an ankle injury after about a dozen minutes, and he is, at the moment, useless to this team. Let’s remember, of course, that the Blazers had to go the whole season without Oden last year, and became one of the league’s most improved teams. But now they’re going to be in a position where they either have to go with Joel Przybilla, who can block shots but can’t log many minutes, or someone undersized like Channing Frye or Ike Diogu playing center. This is not good.

We have to take into consideration the history between these two as well, because it is stunning. San Antonio has won 19 out of the last 20 meetings, including each of the last twelve, and nine of the last ten as the road team. Since Duncan and Parker seem committed to taking up the scoring load until Manu returns, this will point us in the direction of the Spurs, the two-point favorite in the BetUS NBA pro basketball sports betting odds.

Our PLAY: SAN ANTONIO -2 ***

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