In terms of games played, we are actually well into the second half of the NBA regular season, although some will say it officially started once we got past the trade deadline and the All-Star Game. Either way, we are beginning to head towards the homestretch, which means that every game now takes on a higher level of importance. With the play-in setup in place again this season, things tend to be a little more forgiving for the team down in that race, but it is still tough to get into the top 10. The Portland Trail Blazers are below that line right now, so they need a win to stay in touch, but can they get one on the road against the team with the best record in the league? Let’s take a look at both teams and see how they arrive to this matchup so you can bet against their NBA Odds.
NBA Betting Preview for Trail Blazers at Phoenix
NBA Wednesday Betting: Blazers versus Suns
- When: Wednesday, March 2 at 10 PM EST
- Where: Footprint Center, Phoenix
- TV: ESPN
Why bet on the Portland Trail Blazers
It is not quite yet time to hit the panic button, but the Portland Trail Blazers are struggling to keep their head above water in the race for one of the four play-in spots in the Western Conference. As it stands at the moment, they are sitting below the playoff line, but it is close, with the New Orleans Pelicans sitting above them with the same record, albeit with the tiebreaker in hand. Portland is a respectable 6-4 over their last 10 games, but back-to-back losses ahead of this new week has them back below the line. The Problem that they face here is that they are just 3-7 SU in their last 10 versus Phoenix, which includes going 1-2 in their 3 prior meetings this season. They are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 visits to Phoenix and are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 overall versus the Suns. The OVER has hit in 6 of the last 8 road games for the Trail Blazers.
Why bet on the Phoenix Suns
It was beginning to look as though the Phoenix Suns were about to leave the rest of the Western Conference in their wake this season, but that is now in serious doubt. They will be without the services of Chris Paul for about 6-8 weeks, and while he will be back for the postseason, you do have to wonder how the Suns will cope without their best player. Right now, things are not looking particularly great, as they have lost 2 in a row ahead of this one. That said, they still have the best record in the NBA and a 6-game lead atop the Western Conference standings. Covering the spread has been an issue of late, with Phoenix going 1-4 ATS in their last 5 and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 versus conference opponents. The OVER has hit in 4 of their last 5 meetings with a team from the Northwest Division.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I don’t yet have the odds for this one, but I can still make some predictions here. Even without Paul on the court, I still think that the Suns pick up the win at home. It would also appear as though all signs point to the OVER in this game.
Pick: Portland Trail Blazers 109 Phoenix Suns 117