The Portland Trail Blazers (13-31) travel to face off against the San Antonio Spurs (8-36) on Friday, January 26th. This game will be played at Frost Bank Center in San Antonio and televised on NBA. The Trail Blazers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Spurs are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Rockets. Tip-off is set for 9:30 ET.
Trail Blazers vs Spurs
The Trail Blazers Are Coming Off A Win
In their latest game against the Rockets, Anfernee Simons was the top scorer for the Trail Blazers’ offense, scoring 33 points and shooting 13/20 from the field. The Trail Blazers picked up a 137-131 win, and Jerami Grant also added 21 points which was 2nd on the team.
As they prepare for today’s games, the Trail Blazers are 13-31 overall and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, they are in 14th place and are 5th in the Northwest division.
The Trail Blazers have covered the spread successfully in their previous two games and maintain an overall ATS record of 21-23. On the road, the Trail Blazers have an ATS record of 12-13, as opposed to a 9-10 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Spurs Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Spurs fell to the Thunder by a score of 140-114. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Spurs couldn’t cover the spread as +9 point underdogs. Before the game, the over/under line was 241 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
This season, the Spurs have gone 8-36 and are hoping to beat the Trail Blazers. When playing on the road, the Spurs are 5-19 compared to 3-17 at home.
San Antonio has an overall ATS record of 21-23 as they come into today’s game. With a three game ATS win streak as favorites, the Spurs are 18-23 against the spread when they are underdogs.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
Through 44 games games, Portland is averaging 108.2 points per game (29th).
Heading into their matchup with the Spurs, the Blazers are currently 29th in the league in scoring at 108.2 points per game. Interestingly, they have actually been slightly better on the road, averaging 106.2 points compared to 110.9 at home.
So far this season, Portland has only outscored the NBA average in 25% of their games. They are 30th in the league in field goal percentage at 43% and have the lowest true shooting percentage in the NBA.
When it comes to pace, the Blazers are 16th in the league at 98.8 possessions per game. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 19th in the league at 35% but have made the 18th most threes per game at 12.3.
Spurs Offense Breakdown
Through 44 games the Spurs are averaging 112.8 points per contest, placing them 23rd in the NBA.
At home, the Spurs are averaging 116.2 points per game, which is 16th in the league. Overall, they are 23rd in scoring at 112.8 points per game. San Antonio has outscored the NBA scoring average in 47.7% of their games this season.
In terms of pace, the Spurs are 4th in the league at 101.9 possessions per game. When it comes to field goal percentage, San Antonio is 26th in the NBA at 46%. From beyond the arc, they are shooting 34% (29th).
So far this season, the Spurs have made an average of 12.7 three-pointers per game (15th). In terms of free throws, they are 27th in both attempts and makes. In terms of two-point shooting, San Antonio is 18th in the league at 54%.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
At present, the Trail Blazers’ defense is ranked 19th, allowing 117.3 points per game. The Portland defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.6% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.8% of their field goal attempts vs. Portland.
Spurs Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Spurs’ defense is giving up an average of 122.1 points per contest. In their previous matchup vs. the Thunder, the Spurs’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 56% leading to 140 points.
Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Spurs
In today’s game, our projections have Anfernee Simons leading the Trail Blazers with 22 points on 8/17 shooting from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 23 points per game, in addition to 3.5 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Victor Wembanyama to be the top scorer for the Spurs. Our projection has him finishing the game with 17, and he is expected to secure 9 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 46.5% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 20.4 points per game.
Trail Blazers vs Spurs Trends
- Portland has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 118 points per game while allowing 125. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
- When looking at their past ten home matchups, San Antonio has an ATS record of 7-3 while averaging 116 per game. The team went 3-7 overall in these games.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Trail Blazers have a strong straight up record of 3-2. In addition, their ATS record was 4-1 in these scenarios.
- As the betting favorite, the Spurs have an ATS record of 3-0 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 3-0.
Trail Blazers vs Spurs Prediction
The Trail Blazers come in as the underdog at +2.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 230 and given that our model is projecting 212 points between the teams, we like the under.
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