The Western Conference Playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns changed with just over four minutes left in Game 4 as Portland star guard Brandon Roy surprised everyone by entering the game. Just eight days after having knee surgery, Roy returned to the Blazers and ignited the fans, the team and he may have changed the NBA betting series. The Blazers went on to win Game 4 by a score of 96-87 and even the best-of-seven series 2-2. They now have the momentum heading into Game 5 on Monday in Phoenix.
Phoenix is a 6-point favorite with a total of 202 at SBG Global.
Roy had 10 points in 27 minutes on Saturday including a big three-pointer in the fourth quarter. The Blazers chances of winning this series are a lot better with Roy in the lineup. “The momentum is on our side now,” Portland’s Martell Webster said. Roy definitely changed Game 4 and he may have changed the series. “I thought he lifted us tonight, and we needed that lift,” Portland head coach Nate McMillan said. “The last two games we have been just flat, and I just got chills when he got up and the crowd saw he was going up to the scorer’s table. I know our players fed off that, the emotions and energy in the building of having him back.” Roy’s return sure boosted LaMarcus Aldridge who had 31 points to go with 11 rebounds and three assists. “LaMarcus responded like we needed him to respond,” McMillan said. “It was a big game and he showed up.”
It is anyone’s guess how this NBA betting series will go now. The Suns looked to have it in control after winning Games 2 and 3 but now it is up in the air again. The Suns were held to a season-low 87 points in Game 4 so they will need to step things up on Monday.
The Trail Blazers are 6-13-2 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Phoenix. The
Trail Blazers are 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 road games. The Suns are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 home games.
The Over is 16-7 in the Trail Blazers last 23 road games. The Over is 5-1 in the Suns last 6 home games.