Portland Trailblazers (29-24) at Detroit Pistons (25-26)
I took yesterday off of NBA betting to focus on the Super Bowl and what a game it was! I hope everyone enjoyed the great game and congrats to the Eagles on their first Super Bowl title. We are right back into the NBA today as the action continues to heat up as the playoffs get closer by the day.
We picked up another win Saturday night when we took the Denver Nuggets at home against the NBA’s best team, the Golden State Warriors. It takes a lot of courage to bet against the NBA’s best team, but the Nuggets are an elite team when playing in Denver and getting an opportunity to back them at home, getting points was too good to pass up.
Not only did the Nuggets easily cover the 4.5-point spread, they actually won the game outright 115-108. The Nuggets continue to impress at home, and if they are ever getting points on their home court again, you would be wise to back them. Today I will shift focus from Denver to Detroit as the new look Pistons host a surging Portland Trailblazers team.
The Portland Trailblazers will look to stay hot when they travel to the Motor City to face the Pistons Monday night. The Blazers have lost their last two games after winning seven out of eight to get themselves in prime playoff position as the playoffs loom.
The Pistons are enjoying the start of the Blake Griffin era in Detroit as they are 2-0 since making the blockbuster move. The Pistons are -2.5-point home favorites tonight. The game total over-under is set at 210.5 points. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 PM PST from the Little Caesars Arena.
The Detroit Pistons made a huge splash when they made the move to acquire Blake Griffin last week from the Los Angeles Clippers. It was a little bit of a head-scratching move as the Pistons were out of playoff contention in the Eastern Conference before the move and appear to be all-in on a playoff push for this season. Maybe they saw the opportunity to move up the ladder in the East as only four games separate the eight seed and the four seed in a very flat Eastern Conference this season.
Whatever the case may be, they have a much better basketball product on the floor right now than they did just a week ago. Griffin has been great in his time in a Piston’s uniform, and the team and the city are responding well to the move. Right now, the Pistons are just a half of a game back of the eight seed and could slide into that spot with a win tonight. The Pistons will need a big effort out of their new superstar if they want to hold off a surprisingly decent Blazers team tonight.
The Portland Trailblazers used a good January to push themselves up from out of the playoff picture to the six seed in the Western Conference this season. However, they are still in a dogfight with several teams, as of today, they are only two games ahead of the Clippers who occupy the ninth seed.
February hasn’t started off as nicely as January finished for Portland as they are 0-2 with losses coming against Toronto and Boston, both on the road.
It is a particularly tough patch of schedule, as the Blazers are forced to play their third game in four nights, all of them on the road. The Blazers started this road trip getting blown out by the Raptors and then lost a nail-biter last night against the Celtics. You have to wonder how much energy the Blazers are going to have tonight, playing back to backs.
This is more situational betting for me. You have an inspired Piston’s team that is playing better than they are at the moment. I like Blake Griffin’s game, but he isn’t going to be the savior that the Detroit fans hope that he is.
This was a fringe playoff team before Griffin and is a fringe playoff team with him. But that doesn’t change the fact that the rest of the team is fired up knowing that management wants to win and win now. As we get closer to the playoffs and teams start getting eliminated from contention you will see lots of teams basically give up, that won’t be happening in Detroit this year.
The Pistons are well rested after having a night off, at home, last night. They haven’t played a game on the road since January 28th. They are going to have legs under them tonight. Then you have Portland that is having a disaster of a road trip and has to play back to backs after playing the top two teams in the Eastern Conference on this road trip. I can see heavy legs and a weak effort tonight from the Blazers.
This is just one of those situations where you could have looked at the schedule before the season even started, and you would have said, ouch, tough stretch for Portland. Throw in the fact that the Pistons just picked up a superstar in Griffin, and you have all the makings of a blowout.
I don’t even know if this game will be all that close. The Pistons are going to come out fast and hard, and I expect the Blazers to take their lumps tonight and just go through the motions in what I expect to be a game that could get out of hand.
Give me an inspired Piston’s team with a pissed off Blake Griffin in a big way tonight from Detroit. Feels like a 108-92 final to me.