NBA Betting news… It was said before the last game that the playoffs were all about adjustments. The losing team from the last game bears the burden of adjusting, more so when they were the victims of a blowout romp. So let’s dive into the Trailblazers’ game plan right away.
This isn’t a contest of slow versus fast, it’s a contest of first versus last. In both games the winning team has been the first one down the court going both directions. In order to win the NBA Odds the Trailblazers need to recapture that distinction which the Suns so easily ripped from them in the last game. If the Trailblazers are back on defense the Suns lose 10 easy points off the top plus they’re forced to run an offense.
Second, the Trailblazers did a miserable job of developing their half court offense in Game 2. The Trailblazers have not yet had a good rebounding game, particularly on the defensive end. The Trailblazers need to get a bunch of assisted jumpers within people’s comfort zone in order to break that collapsing Suns defense.
One more overarching factor to consider tonight is the homecourt. Being in Portland isn’t going to be an advantage for the Trailblazers simply because of a different paint color. The Suns are a good road team. The Trailblazers home record isn’t rock-solid. However given how many times we’ve mentioned energy-related factors here you have to believe that the home crowd could be a factor.
The Suns: 54-28 SU, 48-32-2 ATS
The Trailblazers: 50-32 SU, 45-35-2 ATS
The Suns lately:
While playing on Thursday’s they are 7-3
Before playing the Trailblazers they were 7-3
After playing the Trailblazers Port they are 8-2
After a win they are 7-3
The Trailblazers lately:
While playing on Thursday’s they are 5-5
Before playing the Suns they were 7-3
After playing the Suns they are 6-4
After a loss they are 8-2
The Trailblazers at home vs the Suns, on Saturday, April 24
The Suns are slight 53.2 percent favorites over the Trail Blazers. The Suns are shooting 47.4 percent from the field and the Trail Blazers are forecasted to shoot 45.5 percent. The Trail Blazers have the rebounding advantage at 45 to 40.3. Turnovers are pretty even with the Suns projected for 13.9 turnovers vs. 13.7 for the Trail Blazers. The Suns are making 8.2 three pointers on 38.9 percent from three point range. The Trail Blazers are making 6 three pointers on 36.8 percent.
NBA Odds makers have the lines at present for the Suns & Trail blazers at PK (-110) and the Total –Over/Under at 204 1/2 and no MoneyLine at present.