San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 1/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Blazers
Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (+1)
Moda Center is the site where and the Portland Blazers (8-5) will play the San Antonio Spurs (7-6) on Monday. San Antonio opens this matchup as 1-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 224.
The San Antonio Spurs took the court against the Houston Rockets and earned the victory with a final of 103-91 in their last contest. San Antonio ended with a 40.0% FG percentage (40 out of 100) and knocked down 5 of their 24 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Spurs made 18 of 23 attempts for a rate of 78.3%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they earned 58 with 17 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 19 assists for this contest as well as having 10 steals and 7 rejections. Concerning the defense, San Antonio allowed the other team to go 36.9% from the floor on 31 of 84 shooting. Houston totaled 20 assists and had 6 steals for this game. In addition, the Rockets pulled down 51 rebounds (12 offensive, 39 defensive) and earned 9 blocked shots. Houston finished the game at 63.0% from the charity stripe by burying 17 of their 27 tries. They also buried 12 out of their 32 shots from 3-point land.
DeMar DeRozan is a guy who was a factor in the game. He racked up 24 points on 9 out of 25 shooting. He was on the court for 36:33 mins played and snagged 7 boards. DeRozan finished the game shooting 36.0% from the field and also earned 4 dimes. An additional guy that was a factor in the game for the Spurs was Dejounte Murray. He pulled down 10 rebounds and also tallied 3 dimes. He finished the game at 44.4% from the floor for the game by shooting 8-of-18 (18 points). In all, Murray saw the court for 31:52 minutes.
San Antonio will enter this game with a win-loss record of 7-6 on the season. They have an average of 110.1 points per game (18th in basketball) while going 44.1% from the floor. The Spurs are shooting 36.3% on shots from beyond the arc (145 of 399) and 78.4% from the free throw line. As a team, San Antonio is grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game and has racked up 326 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 9th in the league in terms of passing. They turn it over 10.3 times per game and as a group they commit 18.2 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Spurs are forcing 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.2 fouls. They give up 39.6% on three-point shots and they are 14th in basketball in PPG allowed (110.2). The Spurs defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 46.8% (192 of 250) and they relinquish 50.5 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 19th in the NBA in giving up assists with 316 conceded this year.
In their last game, the Portland Blazers walked away with a victory by a final of 112-106 when they faced the Atlanta Hawks. The Blazers were able to pull down 38 defensive boards and 17 offensive rebounds totaling 55 for the game. They stuffed 8 attempts while earning 6 steals in the game. The Hawks were called for 22 personal fouls for the contest which got the Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 20 tries. They were able to knock down 17 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 85.0%. In terms of shooting from downtown, Portland made 15 out of their 44 tries (34.1%). When all was said and done, the Blazers ended up shooting 40 for 103 from the floor which had them sitting at 38.8%. The Blazers permitted the Hawks to make 38 of their 87 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 43.7% for this game. They finished 20.0% from downtown by shooting 6 out of 30 and finished the game at 24 out of 28 at the free throw line (85.7%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Portland permitted Atlanta to get 48 in all (7 offensive).
Damian Lillard ended up being a major contributor for the Blazers in this contest. He buried 10 out of 23 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 43.5%, which got him 36 points. Lillard collected 7 boards in his 42:44 minutes of playing time and earned 7 dimes for this game. Another guy that was pivotal for Portland was Gary Trent. He was able to score 18 points in his 26:33 minutes played via 7 out of 14 from the floor for this contest. Trent wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Portland has a record of 8-5 so far this year. Portland has scored 1,504 points for the campaign (115.7 per contest) and they average 44.6 boards per game. The Blazers are committing 20.8 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 80.8% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Blazers are connecting on 43.9% from the field, which is 27th in the league. They are dishing out assists 21.8 times per game (29th in the league) and they are giving up possession 11.7 times per contest. The Blazers on the defensive side of the court are 25th in the league in PPG given up with 115.2. They have forced 14.2 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.6% from the floor (21st in the NBA). The Portland defense gives up 35.5% from downtown (169 of 476) and their opponents are knocking down 79.3% of their free throw shots. They allow 25.4 assists and 47.4 rebounds per game, which is ranked 21st and 26th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Portland (-1) and over 224 points
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