The Portland Trail Blazers showed tired legs in their last game getting trounced by the Suns 102-77 after beating the Thunder and the Lakers and now they host a Cavs’ team that has been a surprise this season and is coming off a blowout win.
Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3) at Portland Trailblazers (5-2)
When: 9 PM ET, Sunday, January 8, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Broadcast: Fox Sports Ohio
Blazers vs. Clippers Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Blazers -11
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
The Blazers have yet to lose at home this season (4-0) and they will be up against a Cavs’ sqaud that has played well on the road (2-2).
It does not need to be said that Portland must get over their last game where they shot 32.5% from the floor and only 10.5% from beyond the 3-point arc.
After their great wins against L.A. and OKC the Blazers came out flatter than flat, which is going to happen to teams this season with all the games in a shorter season.
When asked about the Suns game Blazers’ head coach Nate McMillan stated, “It seemed like we were running in quicksand all night.
We didn’t have a lot of energy.
I thought guys were trying to play tonight, but it was one of those nights where we didn’t have it.”
The Cavs lost both of their games against the Blazers last season, but this season on the road they are playing great D on the road holding opponents to 91.5 ppg on 42% shooting.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace will be counted on for offense and they combined for a grand total of 15 points in the loss to the Suns.
PF Antawn Jamison (17.9 ppg) and PG Kyrie Irving (14.9) give the Cavs a great scoring combo and the Blazers’ guards have to play solid D on Irving and not let the lightning quick rookie guard from getting in the lane.
Both teams rank in the top 10 in the league in scoring, but it is surprising that the Cavs actually have the better defense, in terms of stats, but can they keep it up on the road facing the many scoring options Portland has?
It is important the Cavs play good D on Aldridge (21.9 ppg), as the Blazers are 4-0 this season when he scores at least 20 points.
- This season the Cavs are 5-2 ATS with an O/U record of 3-4 and the Blazers are 4-2-1 ATS with an O/U record of 3-4.
- In some betting trends for this non-conference match up the Cavs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, and they have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
- The Blazers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games, 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5 points, and they have an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Cavs vs Blazers Free Prediction
While the 2 road wins for the Cavs this season have come against the weak Pistons and Raptors I think they will keep this game somewhat close.
The Blazers will win this game, but the Cavs will play well and cover the big 11-point spread.