Phoenix Vs Portland NBA Betting Odds & Final Score PredictionJosh Bailey
The Phoenix Suns are 4.5 underdogs when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers for the second half of TNT’s primetime NBA doubleheader. This tilt between pits two talented teams struggling to get a foothold in the Western Conference playoff race.
Portland snapped a three-game losing streak with a 103-102 home win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, while Phoenix has lost two straight games to the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies, the top two teams in the Western Conference.
Analyzing The Phoenix Vs Portland NBA Betting Odds & My Final Score Prediction
Matchup: Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Feb. 5, 2015
Start Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Location: Portland, Oregon
Stadium: Moda Center
TV Info: TNT
Live Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio: Phoenix Vs Portland
Point Spread: Blazers -4.5
Game Total: 212.5
After winning their both home games last week, the Phoenix Suns have lost their two against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday (106-87) and against the Memphis Grizzlies (102-101) on Monday, despite Isaiah Thomas’ 24 bench points in that Memphis tilt. Eric Bledsoe committed a few costly late game mistakes that cost the game.
"It’s my fault. I made two critical plays that can’t happen, two turnovers," he said. "They came down and got easy looks at the basket, free throws."
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) February 4, 2015
Phoenix is playing pretty well lately, going 6-4 in their last 10 and are led by a trio of point-guards — Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Thomas. Bledsoe leads the team with 16.9 points per game, but he also adds 6.0 assist and 1.7 steals per game. Dragic is pitching in an average of 16.5 points per game.
Phoenix is 4th in scoring team in the NBA, averaging an electric 106.6 points per game. But they also have third worst defense, allowing a colossal 104.9 points per game, which is, a result of the high tempo game they favor.
The team is 28-22 straight up and 26-22-2 against the spread this season, and currently are in eighth spot in the Western Conference, three games below the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, and one game ahead of the surging the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Portland Trail Blazers have been playing below their normal level of play and have lost seven of their last 10. Towering 7-foot center Robin Lopez returned from injury last night against the Utah Jazz and he should be able to help with points in the paint and on the boards at both ends of the court.
"I think everybody was just more comfortable knowing he was out there," said guard Damian Lillard, who had 25 points against the Jazz.
The Blazers are currently in the fourth position in the West with 33-16 straight up and 24-24-1 against the spread records. Portland has the 8th best offense in the NBA scoring 102.4 points per game which is balanced by their defense that allows an 8th ranked 97.0 PPG. They are also 3rd best in the NBA in three points made with 10.1 per game. The Portland defense leads the league in the fewest three pointers allowed with 5.8 against per game.
LaMarcus Aldrige leads the team with 23.8 points per game and 10.3 rebounds; meanwhile Damian Lillard scores 21.7 points per game, adding 6.3 assists, and 1.4 steals.
The NBA betting odds have listed the Blazers as 4.5 -point favorites and the game total is at 211 points. Over the last ten games between these two franchises, Phoenix has won seven of those meetings and covered the spread eight of those ten meetings.
When betting the game total the over and under have alternated over the last four games, with the over cashing in the last time they met on January 21, in the 118-113 win by the Suns at Portland.