Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Predictions, NBA Picks Against the Spread 3/10/2020
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Portland -2.5
Moda Center is the site where CJ McCollum and the Portland Trail Blazers (28-37, 4th in the Northwest Division) will play the Phoenix Suns (26-38, 4th in the Pacific Division) on Tuesday. Portland opens this matchup as 2.5 point favorites. The total opens at 226.
The Suns are covering the spread 46.0% of the time, having gone 29-34-1 ATS. Portland is covering the spread 41.3% of the time, going 26-37-2 against the spread.
Key Phoenix Suns Injuries
03/08/20 C DeAndre Ayton Ankle is questionable Tuesday vs Portland
03/08/20 PF Cameron Johnson Illness is questionable Tuesday vs Portland
02/27/20 SF Kelly Oubre Jr. Knee is out indefinitely
01/04/20 PF Frank Kaminsky Knee is out indefinitely
Key Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
12/25/19 PF Zach Collins Shoulder is out indefinitely
12/06/19 SG Rodney Hood Achilles is out indefinitely
10/19/19 C Jusuf Nurkic Leg is out indefinitely
Ricky Rubio averages 12.9 points per game in 31.5 minutes per contest. He averages 8.9 assists per contest and 4.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%. Devin Booker comes into this contest averaging 26.1 points per game while playing 36.1 minutes per night. He pulls down 4.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage is at 92%.
Damian Lillard averages 29.0 points per game and he sees the court an average of 36.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.3 rebounds per contest and 7.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 89%. CJ McCollum averages 22.5 points per game while playing 36.0 minutes per contest. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 75%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Suns allow 113.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 21st in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 22nd and 23rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.6 rebounds a game which ranks 9th, and they give up 23.8 assists per contest which puts them in 11th place in the league. They force 16.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the league. Phoenix averages 112.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.1 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 10th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 19th in the league. They average 43.1 rebounds per game and 27.2 assists per contest, which ranks them 21st and 1st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 10th with 15.1 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Blazers surrender 115.4 points per contest, which ranks them 26th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 10th and 27th in those defensive statistics. They rank 18th with 24.7 assists allowed per contest, and 29th with 47.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Blazers are 4th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12.7 per game. Portland is 8th in the league with 113.5 points per game this year. They are 17th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -1.9. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 6th in the NBA. They are 10th in the league in rebounding with 45.5 boards per game and 30th in assists per contest with 20.2. The Blazers are 27th in turnovers per game with 13.0.
The Suns are 16th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.6, and their defensive rating of 111.7 is ranked 20th. In terms of pace they are 9th in the league with 101.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 19th. As a team they are 10th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 20th in the league. Phoenix is 10th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 8th in the league.
Portland is 27th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 17th in the league. The Blazers are 10th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.3, and their defensive rating of 114.2 is ranked 27th. In terms of pace they are 13th in the league with 100.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 18th. As a team they are 16th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 16th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Suns/Blazers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Phoenix +2.5
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