Portland Trail Blazers Betting
Ever the exciting team, the Portland Trail Blazers are also a popular choice for online betting on BetUS sportsbook. Whether it’s the team’s basketball futures like their NBA conference odds and NBA Championship odds or their game-to-game NBA odds, bettors love Portland.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Outlook
- Championship Odds: +8000
- Conference Odds: +3300
- Division Odds: +700
Portland continues to tread water as a franchise. After an early playoff exit, the team reshuffled its roster and gave longtime coach Terry Stotts the boot. Joining him out the door are the likes of forwards Derrick Jones Jr. and Carmelo Anthony and in are new coach Chauncey Billups and big man Larry Nance Jr.
These moves are lateral moves at best although management hopes that Billups’ and Nance’s strong leadership qualities will change the mood in the locker room. It will have to be as franchise player Damian Lillard showed his displeasure with the team last season.
Rumors will continue to persist on Lillard or CJ McCollum, the team’s second-best scorer, being traded in favor of Ben Simmons or another star. Whatever the case, Portland’s ceiling remains to be a “deep playoff run” and anything beyond a Conference Finals appearance would be a pleasant surprise.
Trail Blazers 2021-22 Predictions
- Regular Season Record: 44-38
- Conference Standing: 8th
- Division Standing: 3rd
Portland Trail Blazers Team Leaders
In another universe, Lillard would have been where Steph Curry is: as the engine of a dynasty, winning three championships, and being widely heralded as the greatest shooter in NBA history. Alas, Lillard remains the most sympathetic of NBA superstars thanks to his herculean efforts leading to nothing but a singular Conference Finals appearance for his Trail Blazers.
Lillard does not have another superstar riding shotgun. The closest he has is McCollum, who was the 2015-16 Most Improved Player. The 30-year-old was enjoying a fine season in 2020-21, averaging 27.6 points before he got hurt. He wouldn’t be able to recapture this form and couldn’t help Lillard keep the team from getting ousted in the first round. He wound up averaging 23.1 ppg.
Nance comes over from Cleveland as a solid defensive big. Despite having mostly played for losing teams, Nance has consistently posted a positive defensive box plus-minus. Last season, with the hapless Cavaliers, he improved the team’s defensive rating by seven points while on the court. He will be a catalyst in improving Portland’s subpar defense.
Portland finished 42-30 last season thanks to another red-hot finish to the season. The Blazers would go on a 10-2 run to close, avoiding the play-ins and snagging a sixth seed. This hot run would not last long, however, as the Blazers would be eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in the first round.
Lillard would put up a historic performance against Denver, averaging 34.3 points and 10.2 assists but it would be for naught as his teammates could not rise to the occasion. Despite the sad ending, the Blazers once again did better than expectations and went over their 40.5 win total. This would be the third time in four seasons Portland has gone over.
On the game-to-game basis, Portland fell a bit short from being profitable on the point spread. The team went 40-38 against the spread (ATS). But as an underdog, the Blazers did fine with a 56.2% cover rate (18-14).
Larry Nance Jr., forward/center, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cody Zeller, center, Charlotte Hornets
Ben McLemore, guard/forward, Los Angeles Lakers
Tony Snell, forward, Atlanta Hawks
Carmelo Anthony, forward, Los Angeles Lakers
Derrick Jones Jr., forward, Chicago Bulls
Zach Collins, forward/center, San Antonio Spurs
Enes Kanter, center, Boston Celtics
Harry Giles, forward/center, LA Clippers
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, forward, Besiktas Icrypex
It may take a while for Blazers fans to get used to Terry Stotts not being the team’s coach. Billups enters as the team’s first coach in nearly a decade. Lillard wanted Billups as the coach and the team honored the disgruntled superstar’s request.
Billups was viewed as one of the best floor generals in the NBA during his heyday as a point guard, but this will be his first time being a head coach. He was an assistant coach under Tyronn Lue in the Clippers last season, a team he helped reach the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. He hopes to get the Blazers over the hump in a similar fashion.