The NBA is set up with another great slate of games throughout Friday. Eleven games will be up on the board on April 16. One of these matchups will be between the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs. These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a good game on Friday. This game will tip off at around 8:30 PM Eastern time.
The Trail Blazers have earned a record of 31-23 throughout this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Western Conference. Portland is a couple games back on the fifth seed, but only one game ahead of the seventh seed. The Trail Blazers have lost back to back games and four of their last five. Portland will look to get back on track in this one.
San Antonio has put up a record of 26-27 to this point in the season, which has them in tenth place of the Western Conference. The Spurs are tied for the ninth seed and have games in hand. San Antonio is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost six of their last eight. The Spurs will look to get a winning streak started in this one though.
These two teams are fighting for playoff spots in the Western Conference, which should lead to a good game on Friday night. San Antonio has been a bit worse throughout this season and will look to step up down the stretch. Portland has faltered a bit as of late and need to grab a big win on the road in this one to try and get back on track.
The Trail Blazers and the Spurs met up three times throughout last season. San Antonio hosted the first game on October 28. Damian Lillard finished with 28 points and C.J. McCollum scored 27. Portland came up short though. DeMar DeRozan finished with 27 points, while Derrick White added 21 points off the bench. The Spurs won 113-110 at home.
The second game of the season series stayed in San Antonio on November 16. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds on the night as the Spurs came up short. C.J. McCollum dropped 32 points, while Damian Lillard scored 22 points. Hassan Whiteside put up 21 points and 12 rebounds to help give the Trail Blazers a 121-116 win on the road.
Portland hosted the third game of the season series on February 6. DeMar DeRozan finished with 21 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20. Once again San Antonio could not grab the win. Damian Lillard dropped 26 points and 10 assists. Carmelo Anthony added 20 points and 8 rebounds to help lift the Trail Blazers to a 125-117 win.
The first game of this season’s series was in Portland on January 18. Damian Lillard put up 35 points and Rodney Hood added 21 points. It was not enough for the Trail Blazers though. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 22 points, while Patty Mills and Rudy Gay both scored 21 points off the bench. DeMar DeRozan dropped 20 points and 11 assists as the Spurs won 125-104.
Field Goal Shooting
The Trail Blazers have been solid shooting the ball this season. Portland has been able to make around 44.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 26th in the NBA. The Trail Blazers have been shooting 38 percent from behind the arc, which is 6th in the league. Portland has sunk 82.7 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 3rd in the NBA.
San Antonio has been around middle of the league shooting the ball this season. The Spurs have shot 46 percent from the field, which is 19th in the league. San Antonio has drained 35.8 percent of their shots from deep, which is 18th in the NBA. The Spurs have been making 78.2 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 12th in the league.
Portland has been a bit better shooting the ball this season, but the Spurs have a slight edge with their defense. San Antonio has held opposing teams to a 47 percent from the field, which is 19th in the NBA. The Trail Blazers have allowed their opponents to make 47.9 percent of their shots, which is 27th in the league. Portland will need their defense to slow down the Spurs a bit more in this one.
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have been the leaders for Portland this season. Lillard is averaging 28.5 points and 7.5 assists per game. McCollum has averaged 23 points per game. Norman Powell is averaging 16.5 points in his first 10 games with the Trail Blazers. Carmelo Anthony has averaged 13.5 points, while Enes Kanter is averaging 12 points and 12 rebounds per game.
DeMar DeRozan has helped lead the Spurs throughout this season. DeRozan has averaged 21 points and 7 assists per game. Dejounte Murray is averaging 16 points per game. Derrick White has averaged 15 points per game, while Keldon Johnson is averaging 13 points. Patty Mills has averaged 12 points per game. Lonnie Walker and Rudy Gay help round out the lineup averaging around 11 points per game.
San Antonio has a bit deeper of a roster this season, but the Trail Blazers have the one-two punch of Lillard and McCollum. C.J. McCollum missed Portland’s first game against the Spurs this season and will look to help the Trail Blazers win this one. I expect McCollum to step up early in this one to help lift Portland to a win on Friday night.
The Trail Blazers have been a bit better throughout this season and will look to knock off San Antonio in this one. Portland has been a bit better shooting this season and I think with Lillard and McCollum in the lineup, the Spurs will have difficulty keeping up. If the Trail Blazers can start out strong on the road, I like them to earn the win.
BetOnline has Portland listed as a -2 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Trail Blazers on Friday night. I think that Portland will have a good performance in this one to earn a big win on Friday night. The Trail Blazers are on a bit of a losing streak, but I do not expect that to keep up. As slight favorites in this one, I like the value on Portland.