NBA Basketball Odds — Blazers and Spurs Missing All-Stars as They Meet Wednesday Night

The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers will both be missing All-Star players on Wednesday night, so the question for those people who will be challenging the NBA basketball odds on this game is, which team will be able to handle the injury absence better?

That is a legitimate thing to ponder as these teams meet up in a game that begins at 10:05 PM Eastern time at the Moda Center in Portland.

San Antonio is currently second in the Western Conference with a record of 39-15 straight up. They are also 26-28 against the basketball pointspread. Portland is 2.5 games behind them, in a virtual tie for third place with the Houston Rockets. Their record is 36-17 straight up and 29-24 versus the points.

In the NBA basketball odds that have been posted at Bookmaker on this game, the Blazers are laying a small number:

Portland Trail Blazers -2.5
San Antonio Spurs +2.5

Over 210 points -110
Under 210 points -110

The Spurs are coming off a game last night at the Staples Center where they were rather impressive in beating the Los Angeles Clippers by a score of 113-103.

They shot 50% from the field, which is the third straight game in which they have made at least half their shots. It was also the sixth time in the last seven games in which San Antonio went “over” the total as posted in the basketball lines.They did this without their All-Star point guard Tony Parker, who is going to be sidelined, in the words of coach Gregg Popovich, “for the foreseeable future.”

Parker apparently has a number of things wrong, including back issues, and while he is out of the lineup, Cory Joseph and Patty Mills will pick up the slack. Mills in particular has shown that he can do this quite nicely, scoring 25 points in the game against the Clippers, including an explosion of sixteen points in the fourth quarter.

Bookmaker customers who follow this team know that there is actually some encouraging injury news in the San Antonio camp. Manu Ginobili came back from being out a couple weeks and scored nine points in 15 minutes of action agains the Clippers, while Kawhi Leonard, who has had a fractured hand, was a game-time decision last night and could be available this evening.

Portland, which is playing its first game after the break, has lost six of its last nine games straight-up. And the Blazers are going to be without their best player on Wednesday night. LeMarcus Aldridge, who played in the All-Star Game, is going to be out a week with a groin strain.

Basketball bettors may wonder – how much of a void does he leave? Well, he is averaging 23.9 points and 11.4 rebounds, and he has been a key figure in the Blazers winning three of their last four against the Spurs, as he has generally out-gunned counterpart Tim Duncan.

The last time these teams played was January 17 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, and the Blazers came out of that one with a 109-100 victory, shooting almost 48% on the evening. They had met early in the season as well, on November 2, with Portland winning 115-105 at home and hitting a torrid 55.6%, in addition to holding San Antonio to only eight attempts at the free-throw line.

So there is no question, as far as NBA basketball odds bettors are concerned, that Portland has had some matchup advantages. But will those exist without Aldridge, who by the way, is the FIRST Portland starter to miss a game this season?

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