It is the second game of an 8-game road trip for the Spurs and a tough back-to-back basketball betting situation as they were at Sacramento last night.
Basketball bet odds are really close on this game and one thing that does help the Spurs a little bit is that the Blazers had to play last night at Utah. Anytime a team has to play the Jazz in Utah and then travel and play the next night is in for a tough game. The Spurs and Blazers have split their last ten games but San Antonio is 7-3 against the basketball bet pointspread. The teams have met twice already this season with the Blazers winning both. Portland won 98-94 in San Antonio in December and 96-84 in Portland back in November. In fact, the Blazers have won and covered the last four against the Spurs in basketball betting.
Last season the Blazers won the season series 3-1 and it was the first time in eight years that Portland has won the season series against San Antonio. The Spurs lead the all-time series with a slight 70-67 advantage.
Normally at this point in the season you could count on San Antonio to be securely in the playoffs but that is not the case. The Western Conference is simply brutally tough this season and there are no guarantees. The Spurs and Blazers are going to have to fight all season long. The Spurs have been about a .500 team on the road this season vs. the basketball bet odds. They have a solid defense that is 7th in the league as basketball bet stats indicate. Sometimes they struggle on offense as they are 13th in the league in terms of points scored.
The Blazers are normally great at home in basketball betting but not this year. They are just 12-13-1 against the basketball bet number at home. Having Brandon Roy injured doesn’t help but Portland has survived so far without him. He is close to returning and there is an outside chance he could play on Thursday in this basketball bet matchup. If he does make a surprise return, the Blazers would receive a boost and they would also be more of a favorite in basketball betting.