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2021 NBA Handicapping
(1-1) Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers (0-1)
Date: Saturday, October 23rd
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: Suns +122 | Blazers -135 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 232.5
Saturday, October 23rd finds the Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers tipping off in their first meeting of the 2021-22 season. The Suns play on Friday so enter on the second game of a back-to-back set while the Blazers have been off since Wednesday.
The Suns hold the all-time record between the clubs with 125 wins in 233 meetings. Last season, the teams played on three occasions last season with the Suns sweeping the three contests.
After making their NBA Finals run the Suns discovered in the first match they won’t be surprising any clubs this season as they move to become the hunted instead of the hunters.
Things didn’t get any easier for Phoenix as the opening week schedule served up a back-to-back against the Lakers and Blazers on the road.
In the initial game, Devin Booker struggled from the field while four of the five starters registered double-figure scoring (Jae Crowder had two points missing all five of his shot attempts).
Phoenix led by 16 points but coughed up that advantage losing by 12 points to the Nuggets (98-110). Against the Lakers, the Suns built another double-digit lead and although LA cut into it with a 38-21 final frame it was too great of a hole to dig out of.
The Suns signed Mikal Bridges to his rookie extension but elected to not offer Deandre Ayton the max and will have to see if that decision affects the team as the season progresses.
Dario Saric (knee) is out indefinitely.
Portland Trail Blazers
Chauncey Billups tenure as the new Blazers head coach hasn’t delivered so far as Portland lost all their preseason games and their season opener to (121-124) to the Kings.
It was an uncharacteristic night at the office for Damian Lillard who went scoreless (0 of 9) from the perimeter although he did register a double-double of 18 points and 11 assists (plus six rebounds).
CJ McCollum led the way (and increased trade talk for Ben Simmons?) with 34 points, six rebounds, five assists plus three steals. Robert Covington came two points shy of having all Blazers starters reach double-digit scoring along with Anfernee Simons.
Despite the loss, there were tangible positives to take from the loss — the Blazers won the glass (49-43), points in the paint scoring (58 to 36), and dished 25 assists with only 13 turnovers.
.Tony Snell (foot) is questionable for this match.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Suns are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
Portland’s main issue was transition defense as they were outscored 20 to 2 on the fast break. Billups clearly has his squad focused on protecting the paint but he’ll need to ramp up the club’s perimeter and transition defense to get in the win column..
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers -2.5
With three days rest versus a team playing on a back-to-back, the Blazers should theoretically have a huge advantage. The key matchups will be the starting backcourt how well Jusuf Nurkic handles Deandre Ayton.
It’s highly improbable Dame Lillard will go 0 of 9 from deep in two consecutive outings so I’m expecting Billups to get his first NBA coaching victory.
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