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(23-40) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (27-35)
Date: Thursday, March 09
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Moda Center – Portland, Ore.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Portland -10
NBA Betting Total: 221.5
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The Philadelphia 76ers travel way far West to take on the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night.
Philly’s season has gone from tankfest, to longshot playoff hopeful, to oh-my-god-we’re-actually-a-playoff-hopeful to oh yeah we’re bad again let’s focus on draft positioning.
That “qualifier” isn’t exactly ideal for betting purposes, but against a Portland squad desperate to make the postseason, we can tell you one thing:
The Sixers are underdogs (and heavy ones) for a reason.
*All statistics, standings, rankings, records and trends are current as of this writing at 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Philly recently found out that it is without 2016 No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons for the season.
It also found out it’s going to play out this season without Rookie of the Year favorite Joel Embiid.
That leaves a few options on offense. For starters, Dario Saric. The overseas rookie is making a name for himself at this time and is going to continue doing so the rest of the season.
There’s also Robert Covington and T.J. McConnell. Those guys aren’t known on the national level, but they can ball.
Trust us. They’re legit.
Against Portland, the trick is going to be stopping the backcourt from scoring. Both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are as dynamic as it comes in terms of scoring and both will look to put the pressure on this Philadelphia backcourt.
Look for the Sixers to push the tempo and try to get cheap points.
Portland is not a good defensive team, but any cheap points you can get against them helps considering how dynamic they can be on offense when Lillard and McCollum are clicking.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland enters this game having won three straight. Its current record is 27-35, but it has squeaked out both close and blowout wins over that recent stretch.
On the year, the Blazers are averaging 108.2 points per night. That number is good enough for sixth in the NBA.
On defense, Portland is giving up 110.4 points per night. That number is only good enough to put this squad in 26th in the Association.
Portland needs to lock into a defense-by-committee approach if it’s going to be successful in this one.
Nobody is going to break out for 30 points, but multiple players could have efficient double-digit games.
NBA Betting Trends:
- 76ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Trail Blazers are 9-20 ATS in their last 29 games following a straight up win.
- Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between these two, and that favors the Blazers in this instance.
Combine that with the fact that Philly is shorthanded, and there’s little reason to believe a desperate Portland squad wins by anything less than double digits in this Thursday night contest.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Portland ATS
Give this to the home team Blazers, and give it to them by double-digits.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 119 – Philadelphia 76ers 103
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