Don't miss out on the NBA showdown between the Spurs and Trail Blazers. The game is starting at 10:00 ET on ROOT, and it's hosted by the Trail Blazers at Moda Center in Portland, OR. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this Western conference contest is set at 234 points, with the Trail Blazers being the favored team playing at home against the Spurs.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS VS PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: San Antonio Spurs +4.5

This game will be played at Moda Center at 10:00 ET on Thursday, December 28th.

WHY BET THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 105-104 in favor of the Trail Blazers.
  • Our projections have Anfernee Simons finishing with Anfernee Simons points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Trail Blazers finishing with a field goal percentage of 46.4% and knocking down 14 threes.

Is A Road Victory Likely for Underdog San Antonio?

As the Spurs get set to take on the Trail Blazers, they will need to pull off the upset as 4.5-point underdogs. So far, they have lost five straight games and are just 4-25 this season.

On the road, the Spurs are 2-12, and they have been the underdog in all but one game this season. San Antonio's average scoring margin on the road this season is -16.8 points per contest.

Against the spread, the Spurs are 11-18, and they have covered the spread in just five of their 14 road games. San Antonio's average over/under line this season is 232, and their games have averaged 234.1 points.

In their last game, the Spurs lost to the Jazz by a score of 130-118. This game finished with a total of 248 points, which was higher than the over/under line of 241.5. San Antonio also did not cover the spread as 3.5-point underdogs.

The Spurs offense scored 118 points in their most recent game against the Jazz. They shot 44.9% from the field and hit 16 three-pointers. Overall this season, the Spurs offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking last in the league in free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is 45%.

On defense, the Spurs come into the game ranked 28th in the league in points allowed at 123.2 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 129.3 points per contest (5th). In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Spurs defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 56.3% while allowing 38.9% from downtown.

Are Portland Ready for a Home Win?

As the Trail Blazers get set to take on the Spurs, they are favored by 4.5 points, which is just the third time all season they have been favored.

So far, Portland has an overall record of just 8-21, which has them 14th in the Western Conference. Against other teams in the West, they have gone 4-16.

When playing at home, the Trail Blazers are 4-10 and have an average scoring differential of -5.9 points per contest. Their home ATS record is 5-9.

When looking at the over/under lines for their games this season, the average line is 225.6. Their over/under record for the season is 13-15-1. In their last game, they combined for 243 points with the Kings, going over the 236.5 point line.

In 79.3% of their games, the Trail Blazers offense has scored below their opponent's defensive average for the season. In terms of scoring, Portland is 29th in the league at 108.7 points per game. In their most recent game, Anfernee Simons led the team with 29 points while Duop Reath added 25 points.

The Trail Blazers' defense is presently ranked 18th in the league, allowing an average of 114.7 points per contest. Opponents are hitting 59.1% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they're also connecting on 32.5% of their three-point attempts.