2010 Basketball Betting Portland Trail Blazers at Philadelphia

Basketball betting might be tough to predict on Wednesday in the game between Portland and Philadelphia.

The leading scorer for the Trail Blazers, Brandon Roy has missed the last two games for Portland but he might return for this game at Philadelphia. Even if he doesn’t play, you simply can’t automatically go against Portland in NBA betting.

Basketball betting has seen the Blazers be very competitive without Roy in the last two games against Orlando and Washington.  There is no question that Portland is better with Roy in the lineup but they get a ton of value in NBA betting when he is out.  They were 4.5 point underdogs at home against Orlando and a two point underdog in basketball betting at Washington.  This game on Wednesday is the second of a four-game trip for the Blazers.

Philadelphia actually won the last game between these two teams and that was in Portland. The 76ers overcame a 10-point third quarter deficit in winning, 104-93 in basketball betting last month. Elton Brand led all players with 25 points. The 76ers have won 10 of the last 15 in this series since 2003, including the last three. The Sixers were one of just three teams to sweep Portland last season. Philadelphia has won three of the last five at home against Portland. Four of those five games went under the basketball betting total.

Portland plays solid defense and that is one way to success in the NBA.  The Blazers are third in the league in fewest points allowed and that has meant a winning record against the NBA betting odds on the road.  Portland is just 22nd in scoring offense but usually they find enough to win games.

The 76ers have been terrible at home this season going 4-15 against the basketball betting odds but it should be noted they have covered two of their last three at home.  The 76ers really don’t have anything to hang their hat on. They are 21st in scoring and 19th in defense as NBA betting statistics indicate.  Andre Iguodala leads them in scoring but at just over 17 points per game he is nothing special. Sometimes they get nice games out of Allen Iverson and Elton Brand but far too often this team is inconsistent so you never know when they are going to have a good game in basketball betting.