Philadelphia 76ers at Portland Blazers Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 12/25/2014
Friday, December 26, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Moda Center in Portland
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The Philadelphia 76ers will attempt to keep their hot streak going on Friday night when they visit the Portland Blazers. In their first meeting this season, the Blazers defeated the 76ers 114-104 in Philadelphia.
On Tuesday night, the 76ers won their second game in a row when they defeated the Miami Heat 91-87 on the road. They held the Heat to a 41.3 field goal percentage in that win while also forcing them into committing 20 turnovers.
Through their first 27 games, the 76ers are scoring just 91.4 points per game while giving up 102.7 points per game. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 15.9 points, 7.6 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game this season, but he is also turning the ball over nearly five times per game.
The Blazers have now won six out of their last seven games after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-11 in overtime on Tuesday night. They were great from beyond the arc in that game, making 17 of their 31 three-point attempts.
The Blazers are currently in the top 10 in the league in scoring, rebounding and points allowed per game. Point guard Damian Lillard currently has a team-high 23.3 PER by averaging 21.9 points, 6.3 assists and five rebounds per game. Big man LaMarcus Aldridge has scored 22.9 points per game while pulling down a team-high 10.6 rebounds per game.
Philadelphia 76ers Betting Trends
Philadelphia 76ers are 13-13-1 Against the Spread
Philadelphia 76ers are 11-16-0 against the Over/Under
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
Portland Trail Blazers are 17-12-1 Against the Spread
Portland Trail Blazers are 13-17-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/25/14 G Tony Wroten Knee "?" Friday vs. Portland
12/24/14 G Hollis Thompson Illness "?" Friday vs. Portland
12/24/14 F Furkan Aldemir Foot "?" Friday vs. Portland
10/27/14 G Jason Richardson Foot out for season
10/23/14 F Joel Embiid Foot out indefinitely
Portland Trail Blazers
12/24/14 F Nicolas Batum Wrist "?" Friday vs. Philadelphia
12/16/14 C Robin Lopez Hand out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Portland
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