The Portland Trail Blazers (3-10) travel to face off against the Phoenix Suns (7-6) on Tuesday, November 21st. This game will be played at Footprint Center in Footprint Center and televised on AZFa. The Suns are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Trail Blazers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jazz. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.
Trail Blazers vs Suns
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Jerami Grant led Portland with 14 points against the Thunder, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 40% in the game. Jabari Walker put up 13 points which was 2nd on the team, but it wasn’t enough as Portland ended up losing the game with a final score of 134-91.
Getting ready to face the Suns, the Trail Blazers hold an overall record of 3-10 and need a win to break their seven game losing streak. So far, the Trail Blazers have gone 1-7 when playing against Western Conference teams and 2-3 in non-conference contests.
So far, Portland’s ATS record is below .500 at 5-8. Portland has not been good vs. the spread in their last four home games, and they are 1-5 ATS at home compared to 4-3 on the road.
The Suns Are Coming Off A Win
The Suns took down the Jazz in their most recent game with a final score of 140-137. As the second half got underway, the Suns were leading by a score of 61-56.
The Suns head into today’s game looking to avoid falling back to .500, as they are currently sitting at 7-6 through 13 games. Away from their home court, the Suns have a 5-2 record this season, in contrast to their 2-4 record at home.
Phoenix has an overall ATS record of 5-8 as they come into today’s game. This season, Phoenix has a 3-7 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 2-1 when playing as underdogs.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
Through 13 games the Trail Blazers are averaging 102.9 points per contest, placing them 30th in the NBA. So far, the Trail Blazers are averaging 98.8 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 30th in the league in field goal percentage 30th%.
Suns Offense Breakdown
The Suns step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 117.1 points per game (8th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Suns are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.6 per contest. A key reason behind the team’s overall offensive success is their ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Despite their slow style of play, their 3-point shooting percentage of 39% has help make up for fewer opportunites.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
So far, the Trail Blazers’ defense is ranked 14th in the league at 113.1 points per contest.
In their previous game, the Trail Blazers’ defense struggled against the Thunder, giving up 134 points on a field goal percentage of 60%.
Suns Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Suns’ defense is giving up an average of 115.5 points per contest.
Phoenix’s defense is currently forcing 15.1 turnovers per game, which is 25th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 1st in blocked shots, with an average of 6.8 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Suns
In today’s game, we anticipate Jerami Grant leading the scoring for the Trail Blazers, contributing 19 points while shooting 7/15 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 22 points per game, along with 4.1 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Kevin Durant as the leading scorer for the Suns. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 20 while also collecting 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 52.8%, and he is contributing 31.4 points per game on average.
Trail Blazers vs Suns Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Portland has an ATS record of 4-1 while averaging 107 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- In their last three games at home, the Suns have a straight up record of 3-0 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team averaged 129 points per game in this stretch.
- As the betting underdog, the Trail Blazers have an ATS mark of just 0-3 in their last three games. Portland posted a straight up mark of 0-3 in these matchups.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Suns have a straight up record of 6-4. Their record vs the spread in these games was 3-7.
The Suns is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 115-98. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Suns at -13.5.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 224.5, and our model projects the Trail Blazers and Suns to reach a combined total of 213 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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