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(28-35) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns (21-44)
Date: Sunday March 12
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena – Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Phoenix +1
NBA Betting Total: 235
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns are trending in opposite directions. Portland has found a way to rework itself back into the playoff discussion out West, while Phoenix is doing everything in its power to improve lottery positioning come June.
The Suns enter this contest as one-point underdogs in what should be a very high-scoring game.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 2:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland has looked good lately. That fact has them just behind the Denver Nuggets for eighth in the West, and it’s 100 percent coincided with the addition of Jusuf Nurkic.
The Bosnian Beast has given the Trail Blazers exactly what they needed.
He’s a presence on the block in both offensive and defensive sets, and he has a playmaking and passing ability that many didn’t realize he had when he was stuck in the shadow of Nikola Jokic.
With Portland looking to Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum as its primary scorers, a tertiary option was needed to take the pressure off its high-scoring backcourt.
Nurkic has become that option, and he’s coming off his best performance as an NBA player (28 points, 20 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 blocks against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday).
The Suns don’t have anybody who can contain Lillard, McCollum or Nurkic. Tyson Chandler has the size and skill set to man the low block in an attempt to slow down the 7-footer, but his production this season peaked early.
The goal here will be to forget about defense altogether and focus on running the Blazers out of the gym.
This isn’t the “seven seconds or less” squad we saw when Mike D’Antoni was running the show with Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire, but it’s still a high-octane offense-minded group that can put up points in high volume.
The problem is that this is more about pace and less about efficiency. The Suns run a quick offense that thrives when scoring in transition.
Stopping Portland’s top three options will be difficult, but taking advantage of their subpar defense (especially in the backcourt) will be what keeps this game close.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Suns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
- Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
Both of these teams have been good against the spread as of late. Phoenix is often overlooked by oddsmakers because of their record, but in this one, we’re giving Portland the edge.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Portland ATS
We don’t expect the Blazers to win by a substantial margin considering how many points Phoenix can (and likely will) score. But a one-point spread is easy to pick for Portland.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 118 – Phoenix Suns 115
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