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NBA Betting Preview: Portland Trailblazers vs. San Antonio Spurs- May 8th, 2014

Huge Game 2 we have in an incredibly exciting series between the Portland Trailblazers and the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs ran away with Game 1 of the series and looked great while doing so, but now the Blazers are looking to bounce back and get even in this series at 1-1 heading back to Portland. It’s not going to be an easy task, as playing in San Antonio has been a tough task for any team this season. The Blazers will really need a big game from their big two in Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, but even that may not be enough against the incredibly talented Spurs, who look like they’ve shaken off the rust for this postseason.

The Blazers ended the season with a 54-28 record, and they really, really score the ball well at 106.7 points per game. They showed that against the Houston Rockets in their opening round series, but they seemed to be a bit tired from that series in Game 1 of their series against the Spurs. The Spurs just scored the ball too well for the Blazers in Game 1, and that powerful offense is going to have to step their game up heading into Game 2 if they want to steal one on the road from Tim Duncan and company.

The Spurs on the other hand won a crazy 62 games this season, and they score the ball quite well themselves at 105.4 points per game. Their home court advantage is big though, as they went 32-9 this season in front of their fans, and it’s going to be tough to steal one from the Spurs at home. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are just so consistent, and they get a ton of help from their role players and players off of the bench as well.

Offensive Game

I really think that Game 2 ends up coming down to the two offensive games, and that we see a high scoring one. This one has the potential to go back and forth at a fast pace, and with playmakers on both sides, don’t be surprised to see the total top 200 points with much of an issue.

Consensus

While the Spurs are pretty big sports betting favorites of around -7 points, I simply think that the Blazers keep this close and push to even up the series. They may not get the win, but they’ll do more than enough to stay within the seven points, and they cover on Thursday. I’m taking the Blazers +7.

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