Things haven’t gone as planned for the Portland Trail Blazers or San Antonio Spurs. Midway through the NBA season, they own the two worst records in the Western Conference. And that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.
Friday (9:30 p.m. ET) in San Antonio marks the third and final meeting between the teams this season.
San Antonio opened as a 2-point favorite, with the projected total at 234.5 before being bumped to 235.5.
What should bettors expect? Read on as we break down both teams and assess the Blazers vs Spurs game odds.
Blazers vs Spurs Betting Trends
The Portland Trail Blazers are 21-23 ATS, including 12-13 away from home. The Trail Blazers have gone Under the total in 24 of their 44 games. Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs are 21-23 ATS, including 9-11 at home. Their record against the Over/Under is 26-17-1.
Remember these trends when assessing the Blazers vs Spurs game odds.
Blazers Plagued by Injuries, Poor Play
The Trail Blazers have lost nine of their last 13 games and own the second-worst record in the Western Conference at 13-31. They’re coming off a 137-131 overtime win over Houston on Wednesday in which they were a 10-point underdog. Anfernee Simons scored a game-high 33 points, and DeAndre Ayton added 18 points and 17 rebounds.
Portland, projected for 28.5 regular-season wins, isn’t likely to change its fortunes anytime soon. Injuries to key contributors in Shaedon Sharpe (groin) and Robert Williams (knee) are just part of the problem. The Trail Blazers rank 29th in the league in scoring (108.3) and last in points in the paint (44.7). Star guard Malcolm Brogdon has been the subject of trade rumors ahead of next month’s deadline.
It should be no surprise to bettors that Portland is a +4000 longshot just to participate in the postseason play-in tournament.
Simons, Portland’s leading scorer (23.0 PPG), has been limited to 22 games because of a thumb injury. Ayton has played in only 28.
Portland is just 21-23 ATS, but it’s covered in five of its last six games. The Trail Blazers have also gone Over the total in two of their previous three. Bettors should keep that in mind when analyzing the Blazers and Spurs game odds and making their NBA picks and parlays.
San Antonio Keeps Sinking
Rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama is worth the hype. But as the Spurs surpass the halfway point of the regular season, that’s about all that’s gone right. The Spurs have dropped six of their last seven games and own the league’s third-worst record at 8-36.
San Antonio is coming off a 140-114 loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Wembanyama scored 24 points with 12 rebounds and four blocks, but it wasn’t enough to help the Spurs cover as 9-point underdogs.
The Spurs — projected for 29.5 regular-season wins — have matched Portland as +4000 longshots to qualify for the play-in tournament. They’ve allowed the fifth-most points per game (122.1) and rank 24th in opponent’s shooting percentage (48.9).
Wembanyama, the ballyhooed No. 1 pick from France, is averaging 20.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, and an NBA-leading 3.2 blocks. He’s a -150 favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year, but Oklahoma City’s Chet Holmgren (+120) has closed the gap.
San Antonio is only 21-23 ATS, however, it’s covered in nine of its last 12 games. The Spurs are also 4-1 against the Over/Under in their previous five games. They’ve gone Over the total 60.5% of the time, the fourth-highest rate in the NBA.
Handicapping the Game
So much for home-court advantage. The Spurs have dropped 16 of their last 18 games at home and are just 3-17 on the season. That said, according to the betting odds calculator, they’re 9-11 ATS in those games.
The teams split a pair of meetings earlier this year, with the Spurs winning 118-105 on Dec. 28 and the Blazers responding with a 134-101 victory a day later. Notably, Wembanyama didn’t play in the second half of that back-to-back, nor did Simons, Sharpe, or Ayton.
Portland has struggled to score, but it should find plenty of opportunities against a defense that ranks near the bottom of the NBA.