Portland Blazers vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 4/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-2)
AT&T Center is the venue where and the San Antonio Spurs (26-27) will take on the Portland Blazers (31-23) on Friday. San Antonio opens this game as 2-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 230.5.
The Portland Blazers faced the Boston Celtics and went home with a loss by a final score of 116-115 in their last contest. Portland wrapped up the game having earned a 47.8% FG percentage (43 of 90) and knocked down 17 out of their 43 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Blazers converted 12 of their 17 tries for a rate of 70.6%. In terms of pulling down boards, they collected 46 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 31 assists in this game as well as forcing 9 turnovers and having 6 steals. In terms of defense, Portland allowed the other team to go 46.7% from the floor on 42 of 90 shooting. Boston recorded 30 assists and had 5 steals in the game. Furthermore, Boston grabbed 46 boards (9 offensive, 37 defensive) and earned 5 blocked shots. Boston walked away from this one shooting 70.8% at the free throw line by converting 17 of their 24 shots. They also made 15 of their 35 attempts from beyond the arc.
Damian Lillard is someone who was a factor in this contest. He finished with 28 points on 9 out of 23 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37:12 minutes and totaled 5 rebounds. Lillard ended up shooting 39.1% from the floor and also totaled 10 assists. An additional guy that came through in the game for the Blazers was Norman Powell. He totaled 4 rebounds in 38:05 minutes on the hardwood. He finished the game shooting 53.3% from the floor for the matchup by going 8-of-15 (20 points). In all, Powell had 3 assists.
Portland steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 31-23 so far this season. The Blazers are connecting on 38.0% on three-point attempts (866 of 2,279) and 82.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 114.7 pts per game (7th in the league) while connecting on 44.7% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 11.5 times per contest and as a unit they commit 19.4 fouls per game. As a team, Portland is pulling in 43.9 boards per game and is sitting with 1,107 dimes on the year, which is 30th in the league in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Blazers are forcing 12.6 turnovers every game and they draw 18.9 fouls. They are 19th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,357 conceded so far this year. The Blazers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 47.9% (683 of 1,019) and they surrender 45.6 rebounds per game as a team. They give up 37.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 26th in the league in PPG from their opponents (114.9).
When they last stepped on the court, the San Antonio Spurs took a loss by a score of 117-112 when they played the Toronto Raptors. The Spurs were able to pull down 29 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 42 for the contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while earning 6 steals in this contest. The Raptors had 19 fouls for this game which got the Spurs to the free throw line for a total of 27 shots. They were able to knock down 19 of those for a rate of 70.4%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, San Antonio buried 17 out of 40 tries (42.5%). When this game wrapped up, the Spurs ended up shooting 38 for 90 from the floor which had them at 42.2%. The Spurs allowed the Raptors to make 41 out of their 88 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.6% in this contest. They finished 46.7% from beyond the arc by shooting 14 of 30 and finished the contest at 21 of 25 at the free throw line (84.0%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, San Antonio permitted Toronto to grab 54 in all (13 on the offensive glass).
Derrick White ended up being a factor for the Spurs in this matchup. He knocked down 7 out of 16 for this game giving him a rate of 43.8%, and had 3 rebounds. White totaled 25 points in his 34:08 minutes on the hardwood and had 5 dimes in the game. Someone else who came through for San Antonio was DeMar DeRozan. He left the arena with 11 dimes in 37:36 mins on the court, and he knocked down 6 out of 11 from the floor. DeRozan ended the game having shot 54.5% from the floor while also earning 19 points and 4 rebounds.
San Antonio has a win-loss mark of 26-27 for the year. The Spurs have committed 17.9 fouls per game and they hit 78.2% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 24.5 times per contest (17th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 11.4 times per contest. San Antonio has scored 5,869 pts on the campaign (110.7 per game) and they pull in 43.8 boards per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Spurs are shooting 46.0% from the floor, which is 19th in basketball. The Spurs on the defensive end are ranked 17th in the NBA in points given up per game with 112.0. They are forcing their opponents into 13.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.0% from the floor (19th in the league). The San Antonio defense gives up 37.8% on three-point shots (665 of 1,757) and opponents are making 76.4% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 24.6 assists and 47.5 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 15th and 28th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take San Antonio (+2)
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