Phoenix Suns vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 3/11/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Portland Blazers
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+1.5)
Moda Center is the venue where and the Portland Blazers (21-14) will play the Phoenix Suns (24-11) on Thursday. The line on this matchup has Portland as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 231.
The Phoenix Suns faced off with the Golden State Warriors and took home the win by a score of 120-98 in their last game. Phoenix finished having earned a 51.0% field goal percentage (49 out of 96) and made 12 of their 30 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Suns knocked down 10 of their 13 tries for a rate of 76.9%. Concerning getting rebounds, they compiled 52 with 12 of them being offensive. They also distributed 31 assists for this game while forcing the other team into 17 turnovers and getting 8 steals. Pertaining to defending, Phoenix allowed 43.2% from the floor on 38 out of 88 shooting. Golden State totaled 22 assists and had 9 steals in the game. Moreover, Golden State totaled 40 rebounds (9 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Golden State ended up shooting 62.5% at the charity stripe by making 10 of their 16 tries. They made 12 of their 35 shots from beyond the arc.
Devin Booker is someone who had an impact in this game. He ended up with 16 points on 6 of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 29:49 mins and pulled down 5 rebounds. Booker finished the game shooting 30.0% from the field and also earned 6 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Suns was Jae Crowder. He pulled down 4 rebounds in his 23:49 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up shooting 62.5% from the field for this game by shooting 5-of-8 (14 points). Overall, Crowder earned 2 assists.
Phoenix steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 24-11 so far this season. They have an average of 113.6 pts per contest (12th in the league) on 48.4% from the field. The Suns are shooting 38.0% on shots from 3-point land (467 of 1,230) and 83.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling in 43.5 boards per game and is sitting with 949 assists for the season, which is 4th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 13.0 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.6 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Suns are forcing 13.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.1 fouls. They surrender 34.3% on three-point shots and they rank 3rd in the league in PPG allowed (107.1). The Suns defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.8% (461 of 633) and they concede 43.3 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 1st in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 766 surrendered for the year.
When they last played, the Portland Blazers took home the win by a final score of 123-119 when they played the Sacramento Kings. The Blazers snagged 32 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 41 in the game. They gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while getting 6 steals for this game. The Kings earned 19 fouls in the game which got the Blazers to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They were able to make 24 of the free throws for a percentage of 96.0%. When talking about shots from distance, Portland knocked down 15 out of their 38 attempts (39.5%). In all, the Blazers shot 42 out of 88 from the field which had them shooting 47.7%. The Blazers permitted the Kings to convert 49 out of their 103 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.6% in the game. They shot 37.9% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 11 out of 29 and ended up shooting 10 of 16 at the charity stripe (62.5%). When discussing cleaning the glass, Portland allowed Sacramento to snag 51 overall (18 offensive).
Damian Lillard ended up having an impact for the Blazers in this contest. He knocked down 13 of 26 for this game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, and had 1 rebound. Lillard racked up 44 points in his 38:21 mins on the court and had 7 dimes in this contest. One more player that was important for Portland was Enes Kanter. He wrapped the game up with 2 dimes in his 34:19 minutes played, and he converted 11 out of 15 from the floor. Kanter wrapped this one up going 73.3% from the field while earning 22 points and 21 total rebounds.
Portland has a mark of 21-14 on the year. Portland has tallied 4,007 points this season (114.5 per contest) and they collect 44.3 rebounds per game. The Blazers are committing 19.3 fouls every game and they shoot 82.5% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Blazers are shooting 44.5% from the floor, which is ranked 26th in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 19.9 times per game (30th in basketball) and they turn it over 11.6 times per contest. The Blazers on defense are ranked 24th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 114.9. The Portland defense gives up 36.9% from downtown (453 of 1,227) and opponents are connecting on 77.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 25.0 dimes and 46.5 boards per game, which ranks them 19th and 24th in the NBA. They are able to force 12.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.3% from the floor (23rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (-1.5)
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