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2021 NBA Handicapping
(40-29) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns (48-21)
Date: Thursday, May 13th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: Blazers +175 | Suns -220
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 231.5
Thursday, May 13th finds the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns play for the third and final time this season. The Suns won both prior games with the first meeting on February 22nd (131-100) and the second on March 11th (127-121).
The Suns hold the all-time record between the clubs with 124 wins in 232 meetings. Last season, the clubs played four times with the clubs splitting the contests.
Portland Trail Blazers
Don’t look now, but my preseason dark horse Trail Blazers are rounding into form at the perfect time of the season. They’ll enter this match on a five-game winning streak having beaten the Cavs, Lakers, Spurs, Rockets and most impressively the Jazz.
That latter match occurred on the front side of this back-to-back set with the Blazers superstar backcourt coming through with big games. Damian Lillard led the way with 30 points and six assists while CJ McCollum dropped 26 points four rebounds, and four assists.
Jusuf Nurkic registered his 12th double-double of the season (and sixth in the last 10 games) with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony chipped in 18 points as the other double-figure scorer.
The bane of the Blazers has been defense this year but as they move toward the postseason they are showing substantial improvements. To wit, in their last 11 games the 29th ranked defense this season has improved to the 12th best in the association (April 25th to May 13th).
Although the Blazers hadn’t submitted their injury report presumably Nassir Litter remains questionable (back spasms) as he was out on Wednesday. Zach Collins continues his rehab process from a fractured ankle, with the hope he’ll return sometime in the postseason to bolster the improving Blazers defense.
Following a season of dominance, the Suns are having a few issues closing out during the stretch run with three losses in the last four games. This followed an 18-4 segment of their schedule so there is a legitimate reason to be concerned.
Granted those three losses occurred versus teams playing desperately given their need to secure playoff seeding whether that be home court (Hawks), avoid the play-in tournament (Lakers), or secure their spot in the tournament (Warriors).
Statistically, the Suns are still in the mix to win the Western Conference but the odds aren’t in their favor. Phoenix trails the Jazz by 1.5 games with this match and two versus the Spurs remaining.
In contrast, the Jazz face the Thunder and Kings with the latter potentially being eliminated from postseason play by the time those squads play.
At this point, the Suns should be focused on getting everyone healthy to the postseason and if Monty Williams was smart he’d give Chris Paul a few games off for rest.
Cameron Johnson (right wrist sprain) and Abdel Nader (right knee arthroscopy) are both out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Blazers are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Suns are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
The Blazers have more motivation to win and even with the rest disadvantage will be laser-focused on the task at hand.
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