The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers meet at the Moda Center on Thursday night. The Spurs have some confidence back in their step after beating the Boston Celtics, 96-88, and Washington Wizards, 116-99.
They were on a six-game losing streak before getting back on track. Gregg Popovich has to expect ups and downs with this roster. They are young, and while there’s some talent, depth is a problem for the Spurs. Playing about .500 basketball would be an acceptable result this season.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 2, 2021
The Spurs are playing behind that level at the moment, as they go into Portland with a record of 6-13. Dejounte Murray would be getting plenty of attention from the media if he were on a winning team.
Murray could put a good team over the hill for the playoffs, but he’s stuck in San Antonio where he isn’t getting the most help. Derrick White can be good in spots, like we saw with his 24-point effort against the Wizards. However, White is is just a touch on the inconsistent side.
Jakob Poeltl has returned to the lineup to give the Spurs a big lift. He returned on November 18 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. His presence is required for the Spurs to have a better chance. Poeltl is playing above his contract, so he’s going to get paid soon.
The Raptors would have liked to keep him, but he was sent to San Antonio in the deal for DeMar DeRozan. Just don’t expect Poeltl to save the Spurs’ season. Popovich has more kinks to iron out before the Spurs get going on a run. They take on a Trail Blazers on a team that just ended a three-game skid.
The Blazers defeated the Detroit Pistons by a score of 110-92 to cover 6.5 points on Tuesday. They were chased off the court in a 129-107 loss to the Utah Jazz prior to that win. Portland needed a punching bag and the Pistons came around at the perfect time for them.
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) December 2, 2021
Portland is going into tonight with a record of 11-11 in what has been a disappointing campaign. Talent? Check. Chemistry and effort? Questionable. Damian Lillard is now OUT with a lower abdominal injury for at least ten days. Normal Powell is questionable for tonight.
Head below for our free Spurs vs. Trail Blazers pick on December 2, 2021.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|San Antonio Spurs||+4.5 (-110)||+170||Over 216 (-115)|
|Portland Trail Blazers||-4.5 (-110)||-750||Under 216 (-105)|
|Team Data||San Antonio Spurs||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Points Per Game||107.2||110.4|
|Points Against Per Game||109.0||110.0|
|Field Goal %||46.6||45.8|
|Three Point %||34.2||35.5|
Spurs vs. Trail Blazers Prediction:
It’s time for CJ McCollum to step up in the absence of Damian Lillard. The good news for the Trail Blazers is that McCollum is capable of carrying a bigger workload.
He is coming off a big performance against the Pistons with 28 points on 4-of-11 shooting from three. McCollum had a career-high 32 points on November 23 against the Denver Nuggets.
As a team, the Blazers are eighth in the NBA with 110.4 points scored per game. They are shooting 45.8% from the field.
The biggest weapon that the Blazers have had this season is their home court. They have been a totally different team on the road than at home.
If you were just a season ticket holder that just showed up to go to games in Portland and didn’t follow the team otherwise, you’d think that the Blazers are going to the NBA Finals.
The Blazers are 1-10 on the road, and at home they’ve lost just one game with a record of 10-1. Their offensive production goes up to 115.8 points per game, and 103.3 points against per game at the Moda Center. That’s around 10 points better than their defense on the road.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends:
- 0-4 overall in their previous four games on the road
- 0-4 ATS in their previous four games as an underdog on the road
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games after scoring more than 100 points
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus the Trail Blazers
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games versus the Western Conference
- 5-1 overall in their previous six games versus the Spurs
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games versus the Southwest Division
- 6-1-1 ATS in their previous eight games as a favorite
- 5-0-1 ATS in their previous six games at the Moda Center
- 5-1- ATS in their previous six games as a favorite at the Moda Center
The Spurs have been just like the Trail Blazers in that they’ve struggled on the road as well. San Antonio has two wins in nine attempts, with just 99.9 points scored per game. They’ve allowed 105.9 points per game on defense.
The win against the Pistons back at home after losing three straight on the road should put the Blazers back on track. This has been a different team in Portland than their .500 record suggests.
I don’t know if the Blazers run away from the Spurs for a blowout, but they should get out ahead comfortably in the 4th quarter. The Blazers should look fine again tonight after getting back on track the other night.