It might be a surprise, but the Portland Trail Blazers (15-12) and the San Antonio Spurs (9-18) are some of the hottest teams in the Western Conference. Since Damian Lillard returned to the starting lineup for the Trail Blazers, it has injected life into the offense. After losing 11 games straight, the Spurs have won three in a row.
Lillard continued his excellent play, hitting 11 3s, tying a career-best and franchise record, while the Trail Blazers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 133-112. The Spurs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-111 in a game that went to the wire, but their defense held on.
Trail Blazers Offense Is Rolling
The Trail Blazers’ offense is 18th in points per game in the NBA, averaging 112. That probably has to do with Lillard playing 15 games this season. With Lillard’s return, there are now three players averaging over 20 points per game on the roster, including Anfernee Simons and Jerami Grant.
Over the last five games, with Lillard playing in four, the offense has been on full display, having at least 116 points in every game. Lillard is averaging 33.8 points, 7.3 assists, and seven 3s on 51% from behind the arc. His presence has elevated the offense to a new level and has not taken anything away from the other players on the roster.
Grant is still averaging 21.8 points per game since Lillard’s return, while Simons had a 31-point game.
When healthy, it looks like the Trail Blazers could be dangerous. While the offense is hitting its stride behind the return of Lillard, the defense has also improved, allowing the 11th fewest points per game.
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Spurs Strange Turnaround
This Spurs season has not made much sense. They started 4-1, then won one of their next 17, and now have three straight wins. Overall this team does have talent. However, 11 straight losses are more reflective of what this team truly is.
Still, their last two wins over the Miami Heat and the Cavaliers have been impressive. Facing the Heat, it was a complete team win, with six players in double figures; Keldon Johnson led them with 21 points. He has continued to be the best player on the Spurs, having 21 against the Cavaliers, but this time Josh Richardson led with 24 points.
Devin Vassell and Johnson are the only players averaging over 20 points per game.
It is possible that the Spurs are not doing anything special over these two games but just taking advantage of teams looking at their record and underestimating them. However, Gregg Popovich still coaches this team, so playing them is still never an easy win, despite the record.
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Trail Blazers vs Spurs Head-to-Head
Last season, the Spurs won all four games against the Trail Blazers. The teams have already played once, with the Trail Blazers winning 117-110, as the big three all had over 20 points, led by Grant’s 29.
Trail Blazers vs Spurs Game Information
- Game: Blazers (15-12) vs Spurs (9-18)
- Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
- Day/Time: Wednesday, December 14th, 8:00 p.m. EST
- Trail Blazers vs Spurs Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Trail Blazers vs Spurs Betting Lines
Trail Blazers vs Spurs Picks & Prediction
If the Spurs have gotten their last two wins by their opponents underestimating them, it won’t happen in this game. The Trail Blazers’ offense has been looking good since the return of Lillard, and the team still needs wins to secure their place in the standings.
This could be the game where the Spurs fall back to reality, and the Trail Blazers won’t take any chances.
The Portland Trail Blazers are listed at -320 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Trail Blazers, you have a chance to win $31. The San Antonio Spurs is +263, offering a chance to win $263 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Portland Trail Blazers a 76.19% chance to win, with the San Antonio Spurs at 27.55%.