Blazers Host Suns In Saturday Night NBA Matchup

By: Michael Robinson | Friday, December 21, 2012

Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers
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12/22/2012 at 10:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: NA
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Television: NBATV

Phoenix Suns: The Suns (11-15 straight-up, 10-15-1 against the spread) have been off since Wednesday, a 121-104 home win over Charlotte as 9-point favorites. They now have a four-game winning streak (4-0 ATS) coming on the heels of a seven-game losing streak (1-5-1 ATS). Those four wins were all at home, where their record is 9-5 SU (6-8 ATS), compared to 2-10 SU (4-7-1 ATS) away. Guard Shannon Brown has 48 total points over the last two contests. This is a balanced offensive attack with six players scoring in double digits led by point guard Goran Dragic (15 points per game). Phoenix is a respectable 12th in the NBA in scoring overall (averaging 98.3 ppg) but just 26th in defense (giving up 101 ppg).

Portland Trail Blazers: The Trail Blazers (12-12 SU, 10-13-1 ATS) will be finishing up their six-game homestand on Saturday. They’ve won their last four (3-1 ATS), including an impressive 101-93 margin over Denver as 6-point ‘dogs on Thursday. The game was won at the 3-point line as Portland was 14-of-36 (38.9 percent) while Denver was 0-for-22. The 194 combined points scored was below the 200½-point total. The "under" is 4-1 on this homestand, as the team is scoring 93.2 ppg and allowing 90 ppg. Leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge (21 ppg) missed Denver with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable on the NBA injury report. All the Portland starters are badly needed as no bench player even averages 5 ppg. Phoenix won the only meeting between the teams this year, a 114-87 blowout as 2-point home favorites on Nov. 21. The home team has dominated the matchup overall, and Phoenix is just 1-4 ATS in the last five in Portland. The "under" is 5-1 in the last six in Portland.

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