Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers Pick – NBA December 14, 2021

The Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers are scheduled for the last game of the Tuesday slate. The Suns are in Portland looking for a bounce back performance after the Los Angeles Clippers dropped them last night by a score of 111-95.

The Suns didn’t have enough in the tank after a 111-90 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday. Devin Booker has been absent for the last five games, but the Suns have been playing admirably enough without their go-to guard.

Phoenix is going into Tuesday night with a record of 21-5 and wins in three of their five games without Booker. The two losses were to the Golden State Warriors and Clippers, so two opponents that were capable teams.

It’s going to be important for Booker to return healthy if the Suns are going to beat the top contenders in the NBA, though. His current timeline has him OUT indefinitely with a hamstring injury. In other words, it isn’t much of a timeline at all.

The Suns will have to take his injury day-by-day. More pressure is on Chris Paul to carry the load in his absence. Paul didn’t do much versus the Clippers with 9 points and 8 assists.

Cameron Johnson was the leading-scorer for the Suns with 17 points off the bench. However, they were unable to make up for an early deficit in the first-half. It wasn’t like the Suns, but it’s going to happen at times without.

The Trail Blazers are on an ugly five-game losing streak and losses in eight of their last nine games. It’s been an ugly run for the Trail Blazers, as they’ve struggled without CJ McCollum. They weren’t at their best before McCollum went down with a collapsed lung, but it’s been ugly since then.

In their most recent attempt, the Blazers were downed by the Minnesota Timberwolves at home, 116-111. Head below for our free Suns vs. Trail Blazers pick on December 14, 2021.

Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Phoenix Suns -1.5 (-110) -125 Over 217 (-110)
Portland Trail Blazers +1.5 (-110) +105 Under 217 (-110)
Team Data Phoenix Suns Portland Trail Blazers
Overall Record 21-5 11-16
ATS Record 13-13-0 10-16-1
Away/Home Record 7-8 7-4
ATS Away/Home 6-6-0 8-6-1
Points Per Game 110.8 108.3
Points Against Per Game 104.7 111.2
Field Goal % 47.3 45.3
Three Point % 36.4 34.8

Suns vs. Trail Blazers Prediction:

The Suns will have to get more out of almost everyone tonight if they’re going to win in Portland. DeAndre Ayton is hopeful that he can play tonight after missing last night. Ayton is dealing with a non-Covid related illness.

Ayton’s presence would put a big body on Jusuf Nurkic and make this game a lot tougher for the Trail Blazers. The Suns played so bad last night that I have some confidence in the rest of the team playing much better.

Following an off night for Chris Paul, expect him to have a much better game in this one. As a team, the Suns are second in the NBA with a field goal percentage of 47.3%. They have put in an average of 110.8 points per game going into Tuesday.


Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends:

Suns

  • 9-3 ATS in their previous 12 games after allowing more than 100 points
  • 12-5 ATS in their previous 17 games on a Tuesday
  • 8-2 overall in their previous tem games on the road
  • 13-2 overall in their previous 15 games versus the Western Conference
  • 13-6 ATS in their previous 19 games versus the Northwest Division

Trail Blazers

  • 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus the Pacific Division
  • 0-7 overall in their previous seven games versus the Western Conference
  • 1-4 ATS in their previous five games in Portland
  • 1-9 ATS in their previous ten games as an underdog
  • 1-4 ATS in their previous five games on one-day rest

The Trail Blazers have had no jump in their step, and it’s resulted in poor play on both ends of the floor. It’s primarily impacted their defense, as they’ve allowed an average of 111.2 points per game for 25th in the NBA.

They’ve been horrid defending the perimeter with teams shooting 38.2% from three. The Blazers are 30th in the league against three pointers.

Booker isn’t present, but the Suns still have shooters. Phoenix is sixth in the NBA with a three-point percentage of 36.4%. They should have better success after struggling last night.

With Ayton’s status currently questionable, this isn’t a go all out play on the Suns. However, it’s hard to see them coming out slowly again after faltering last night.

The best thing for the Suns is to go right back on the court after an iffy attempt. I’m going to back the Suns to bounce back with a winning performance in Portland.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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