NBA Matchup Insight
The Spurs can wrap up the top seed in the Western Conference with a win tonight and it may not be that hard to do so at home facing a Portland TrailBlazers team that has lost 5 straight and is shorthanded.
Portland Blazers (28-36) at San Antonio Spurs (47-16)
When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, April 23, 2012
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Broadcast: FOX SW
Blazers vs. Spurs Betting Lines from Bovada
Spread: Spurs -13.5
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
This season the Spurs are a NBA best 27-5 at home while the Blazers are only 8-23 on the road.
On top of being shorthanded the Spurs will be a well-rested team since in their last game, which was a blowout win over the Cavs, Tim Duncan and leading scorer Tony Parker were rested and did not play.
With Aldridge out and Przybilla a question mark for this game Hickson will be counted on to man the boards and especially play good D on Duncan.
The Blazers played decent defense in their recent 4-point loss to the Grizzlies and they will have to do so in this game facing a Spurs’ offense that has averaged nearly 119 ppg in their last 5 games.
The 5-game losing streak is the longest for the Blazers this season and they have not dropped 6 straight since the 2010 season.
Blazers vs. Spurs Handicapping Preview
This season the Blazers are 31-32-1 ATS with an O/U record of 34-30 and the Spurs are 40-20-3 ATS with an O/U record of 37-26.
The Blazers are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, and they have an Over record of 6-2 in their last 8 road games.
The Spurs are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 home games, 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, and they have an Over record of 6-2 in their last 8 home games.
Pick: The Spurs will not pass up the chance to wrap up the West tonight and I think they will blow out the Blazers and cover the spread.
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