Portland Trail Blazers (3-10) vs. Phoenix Suns (7-6)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns 11/21/23 – At 3-10, Portland Trail Blazers find themselves pitted against Phoenix Suns who boast 7-6 record in an eagerly anticipated NBA matchup on Tuesday at Footprint Center in an intriguing encounter which offers fans and bettors alike plenty of intrigue for viewing or betting alike. As one of the top basketball picks this week, this matchup provides fans with an exciting scenario as they test Portland resilience while Phoenix maintain their winning momentum – an intriguing test indeed!
The Trail Blazers’ season statistics paint a picture of an underperforming team. Averaging 102.9 points per game, their offensive output trails most competitors. Their field goal percentage of 42.8% and 3-point percentage of 30.5% suggests inefficiency when scoring, compounded further by 15.7 turnovers per game. On defense, though, their 8.6 steals and 5.1 blocks per game could prove disruptive against Suns opponents.
The Phoenix Suns boast an aggressive offensive profile. Averaging 117.1 points per game with a 47.3% field goal percentage and 39.2% 3-point shooting are among their greatest weapons on offense; not to mention an outstanding free-throw percentage of 83.2%! Furthermore, they maintain an aggressive defense with 6.8 blocks per game to outwit Portland Trail Blazers while their 44.5 rebound average gives them an edge in controlling pace and flow of play.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns 11/21/23 Game Info
|When:||Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 9:00 PM ET|
|Stream:||NBA League Pass|
Jerami Grant (SF) vs. Kevin Durant (PF)
Jerami Grant has been one of the bright spots of an otherwise disappointing Trail Blazers season. Averaging 22 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, his ability to contribute on both ends of the court is invaluable – however his 2.5 turnovers per game and moderate assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.7 highlight areas for improvement, especially during games against Suns.
Kevin Durant of the Suns is an outstanding scorer, scoring 31.4 points per game while also racking up an impressive rebounding average of 7.2 per game. Additionally, Durant plays all around, offering up 5.5 assists and 1.2 blocks each game as an integral influencer on court – though his 3.9 turnovers per game might provide Trail Blazers an opportunity for exploit.
Grant and Durant face off directly in what should be an exciting contest; Grant’s defensive prowess will come under scrutiny against Durant’s scoring prowess, in what could prove decisive in shaping the course of this matchup and impactful on each team involved.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix Suns -400, Total Odds: –
The current betting odds favor the Suns significantly, a reflection of their stronger season performance and the Trail Blazers’ struggles. The 8.5-point spread suggests a belief in the Suns’ ability to dominate, although the volatility of NBA games always leaves room for surprises.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
Portland’s betting trends reveal a team that struggles to cover the spread, going just 1-4-5 against the spread in their last five games. On the road they have performed slightly better with 4-1 against the spread performances in last 5 away games; however their history against Phoenix leaves much to be desired in terms of away performances.
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Suns have struggled against the spread lately, going 1-4 against in their last five games against Portland. Yet their strong SU record (5-2 over seven) and dominance at home give reason for optimism. Furthermore, high-scoring games, with the total going OVER in many matches recently suggest an offensive showdown between Phoenix and Portland.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns 11/21/23 Betting Picks
Considering the data and trends, the Suns seem to be the safer bet, especially given their home-court advantage and stronger overall performance. However, Portland’s resilience on the road and their potential to disrupt defensively should not be underestimated.
In terms of handicapping expertise, the Suns are favored to win, but the Trail Blazers might cover the spread, making them a tempting underdog pick. The game’s total score is tricky without a set total, but considering both teams’ scoring trends, a high-scoring affair is likely.
Free Pick & Prediction: Phoenix Suns 115, Portland Trail Blazers 108