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(18-16) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Atlanta Hawks (9-25)
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers used their last home game in 2017 to snap an unusual six-game home losing streak with a comeback win over Philadelphia.
Portland has one of the strongest home courts in the league but a combination of some bad luck and Damian Lillard’s injury led to the Blazers losing six in a row at the Moda Center.
Lillard still isn’t back. He missed the most recent victory over Philadelphia, his third-straight DNP, and he is questionable to return on the road against Atlanta.
But Shabazz Napier scored 22 points in the second half and 23 overall in Lillard’s starting spot in the backcourt, next to CJ McCollum. He’s scored over 20 in each of his last two. He’s a far cry from Lillard, but McCollum isn’t much worse than Dame and Napier isn’t so far beyond McCollum. When you look at it that way, the Blazers are alright without their top dog. Portland is 8–8 over the last two seasons in games he doesn’t play.
The Wizards laid an absolute egg in their first game after beating Boston on Christmas Day. Washington played flat in a loss at Atlanta on Wednesday.
Dennis Schroder and Eryan Ilyasova had 20 and the Hawks won by 14, despite shooting less than 30 percent from three.
Atlanta has consecutive wins for the first time all season, but it might not be working on a win streak by the time Portland gets to town. The Hawks have to go to Toronto for a quick game on Friday night before returning for the weekend. Then it’s five-straight road games to start 2018.
Ilyasova adds some professional scoring to a unit that really has none anywhere else, but it’s Eryan Ilyasova. I don’t think we should put too much stock into what the Hawks have done in their last two games, especially in that win over a groggy Washington team.
NBA Betting Trends:
- POR are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- POR are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 road games.
- Under is 19-7 in POR last 26 overall.
- Over is 11-5 in ATL last 16 home games.
- Head to Head: Under is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction: Portland wins, with or without Lillard.
But I don’t think it’ll be easy either way. The Blazers aren’t much better than Atlanta without him, especially on the road. If Dame does come back, there’ll be an adjustment period. And who knows what sort of shape he’s in. I think Portland gets it done but Atlanta is a live dog with some value with the points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: No odds available but a final score prediction is below.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland 108- Atlanta 105
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