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(2-2) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (17-16)
Date: Thursday December 28th
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: Trail Blazers -140
NBA Betting Odds: Trail Blazers -3
NBA Betting Total: 208
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The Philadelphia 76ers continue their road trip with a stop to face the Portland Trail Blazers. Philadelphia has been struggling lately. The team has lost nine of their last 12. Portland is playing well and sit one game over .500 this season. The Trail Blazers have won one straight, recently beating the Los Angeles Lakers, 95-92.
The last time the 76ers and Trail Blazers took the court against each other was this season on November 22nd. The 76ers won in blowout fashion, 101-81 in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia 76ers are looking like the 76ers of old. The team has dropped five of their last six games, but won their most recent game on Christmas Day, beating the New York Knicks, 105-98. Joel Embiid had 25 points in the win for Philadelphia.
Despite the win, the 76ers had dropped five straight before Christmas. In my opinion, the team is having a difficult time meshing together, when both of their superstars don’t get along off the court. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are going to have to figure things out, or the team is going to keep struggling.
With the team chemistry in turmoil in Philadelphia, the team should be looking to add another veteran piece to their roster before the trade deadline. Veteran J.J. Reddick has been playing well this year, the sharp shooter is averaging 16.8 points per game of the 76ers this year.
On the defensive side of the ball, the 76ers are allowing 108.8 points per game this year. That Ranks the 76ers 26th in points allowed this season. At times, it looks like the team is going through the motions on defense, and not giving an extra effort.
If Philadelphia is going to be a playoff team, they must get better on the road. They have a road record of 8-9 this year.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers are looking to start a win streak. The Trail Blazers played well in their last game shooting 41 percent from the field, and 41 percent from three point land in the three point win. Shabazz Napier filled in well for Damion Lillard, with 21 points and five assists in the win. CJ McCollum added 17 points.
Maurice Harkless played well against the Lakers. He had 22 points off the bench for Portland. If Harkless can play like that every night, the Trail Blazers would be better than their 17-16 record. Look for Portland to get solid guard play against the 76ers. I don’t expect McCollum to shoot 7 of 23 from the floor against a soft 76ers defense.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Trail Blazers are allowing 100 points per game this season. Ranking Portland 4th in the league this season in points allowed. Look for the defense to give the 76ers fits in this matchup. Portland needs to play better at home.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 20-7 in PHI last 27 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Under is 10-2 in POR last 12 home games.
- POR are 1-5-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Under is 25-6-1 in POR last 32 games as a favorite.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
With the way the Philadelphia team chemistry has been on the court, it will be interesting to see how the team plays against a top five defense. The 76ers routed Portland in the first matchup.
Look for the Trail Blazers not to forget how they felt after losing by 20 on the road in Philadelphia in November. Expect a total team effort from the Trail Blazers in this one.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Trail Blazers -3
This game is going to be close. Expect this one to be decided in the last four minutes of the game. Take the Trail Blazers to win at home.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Trail Blazers 115 – 76ers 109
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