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(10-27) Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers (19-18)
Date: Friday, January 5
Time: 9:30PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: PDX -7
NBA Betting Total: 207
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Friday night NBA sees a revenge opportunity for the Portland Trail Blazers. Just a week ago this team traveled East to take on the Atlanta Hawks in a game that many believed they would win.
They ultimately fell 104-89 in a bad loss during their pursuit to claim a playoff spot, but now they have their leader and No. 1 scorer back in Damian Lillard, who was absent for Round 1 with a hamstring injury.
The Hawks enter this game averaging 103.9 points per night. That number is good enough to place them 19th in the league.
In terms of offensive efficiency, Atlanta actually jumps up in the rankings, which isn’t something you’d expect from the consensus worst team in the Eastern Conference. They are 15th in that category, scoring 104.4 points every 100 possessions.
Defensively is where you really find out where this team struggles. On the year, Atlanta is allowing opponents to score 107.9 points per game. That number is only good enough for 24th in the Association.
When looking at defensive efficiency, things get worse. This team is allowing its opponents to score an average of 108 points per 100 possessions.
That number is only good enough for 27th in the Association.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland enters this game posting 102.5 points per night. That number is good enough for 22nd in the NBA.
Unfortunately for the Blazers, that number gets even worse when you look at offensive efficiency—a category the Blazers thrived in last season.
This year, Portland is just 27th in offensive efficiency, as they’re scoring an abysmal 102.6 points per 100 possessions.
Defensively, the Blazers are giving up 101.9 points per contest. That number puts them at sixth in the league, which is a stark contrast to what they did just a year ago.
Also on defense, Portland has improved drastically in defensive efficiency. The team from the Pacific Northwest is giving up 102.9 points per 100 possessions, which is good enough for sixth, placing them behind only the league-leading Boston Celtics, second-place San Antonio Spurs, top-three Golden State Warriors, star-studded Oklahoma City Thunder and quietly good Toronto Raptors.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Trail Blazers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Trail Blazers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southeast.
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Hawks are hoping to collect ping pong balls when the 2017-18 NBA season is said and done, while the Blazers are scrapping away for a shot at finishing in the top eight out West.
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That fact alone, combined with the fact that the Blazers will be at full strength as far as their superstar backcourt is concerned, means Portland should walk away victorious in this one—and it shouldn’t even be close.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 115 – Atlanta Hawks 99
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