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NBA Betting Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trailblazers- May 12th, 2014

The San Antonio Spurs may have been pushed to seven games in their opening round series against the Dallas Mavericks, but they’ve looked like a completely different team since that Game 7. The Spurs are just playing out of their mind right now, and they are holding a 3-0 lead over a Portland Trailblazers team that many said should have the Spurs on upset alert. The Spurs simply refuse to be beaten right now, and if they play like this for the rest of the postseason then I’m not sure that anyone will end up beating them. With the series at 3-0, the Blazers need to find some type of energy to push the Spurs, and it has to start with big man LaMarcus Aldridge and point guard Damian Lillard. Tip off for this game is at 10:30pm EST, and the Blazers get this one on their home floor.

The Spurs won 62 games during the regular season this year, so I guess it’s not much of a surprise to anyone that they finally got things going the right direction in the playoffs. They scored 105.4 points per game during the regular season this year, and they allowed only 97.6, showing that they are probably the most lethal team in these playoffs. Led by Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and a ridiculous group of role players who can do pretty much anything, and we’ve seen a wide range of them step up from time to time, this is a team to watch.

The Blazers on the other hand surprised a few people by beating the Houston Rockets, and especially by doing it in only six games. Now though, the Blazers have their backs against the wall, and one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA at 106.7 points per game, needs to figure out their defense if they want to have a chance to stay alive in this series. They allowed 102.8 points per game this season, and the Spurs have taken full advantage of that. With a 31-10 home record this season, the Blazers really need that home court advantage to come into play.

Spurs’ Defense

The numbers 92, 97, and 103 are how many points that the Spurs have given up during this series to the Blazers, all of which are below Portland’s usual average. If the Spurs defense continues to play at this level then this series won’t go beyond tonight.

Consensus

The Spurs come into this game as four to four and a half point betting favorites, and I just don’t see how the Blazers come back and are able to win here. Even if they win this game, it ends in San Antonio, and I don’t think they have it in them to force a Game 5. I’m taking the Spurs here and taking them to cover as well.

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