*10* NBA GAME OF THE WEEK (Power Sports) ~ SIZZLING 21-8 Last 7 Days!
Portland vs. Orlando,
03/02/2020 19:00 EDT,
Score: 130 - 107
Point Spread: +7/-105 Portland
10* Portland (7:05 ET): Playing in the Western Conference (as opposed to the East) can certainly have its disadvantages. Just look at Portland, who is nine games under .500 (admittedly not good!), yet buried in 12th place. Orlando, who is six games below .500, would be a playoff team in the East as they are currently in 7th place. These teams were even more closely aligned record-wise, before recent form kicked in. The Blazers are just 1-6 SU and ATS their L7 games while Orlando has won 5 of 7 and covered 4 straight.
Of course, Damian Lillard being out indefinitely has literally and figuratively hurt the Blazers. You can tie his groin injury to when the team began to falter. Yet, it’s not a lack of offense that’s killing the Blazers right now. They are giving up an average of 121.7 PPG in their last six losses. They gave up 129 to a lousy Atlanta team Saturday night, which may have been rock bottom for the season.
Fortunately for the Blazers, Orlando comes in averaging just 105.3 PPG, which has them near the bottom of the league in that regard. The Magic’s 43.8 FG% is also at the bottom of the league. In Lillard’s absence, Hassan Whiteside has picked up the slack. Not only is Whiteside averaging 14.2 rebounds per game this year, he leads the league w/ 172 blocked shots. I look for this to be a close game. Orlando doesn’t blow many teams out. They are just 11-17-2 ATS at home and 8-16 SU vs. the Western Conference. 10* Portland