It is a contrast of styles as Portland will look to slow things down while the Suns will look to run and gun. Basketball odds favor Phoenix in this series but it should be noted Portland won two of the three games vs. the Suns this season.
NBA odds in this series could be impacted by the status of Portland guard Brandon Roy. He suffered has a partial tear of the meniscus in his right knee but he might try to play anyway. Phoenix will be without starting center Robin Lopez. "It's going to be a battle of the tempos," Portland head coach Nate McMillan said. "They want to run-and – gun and attack.”
Phoenix was the top scoring team in the NBA this season. They made 41.2 percent of their three-point attempts. It seems everyone on the Suns can shoot as Steve Nash, Jared Dudley, Jason Richardson and Channing Frye all made at least 120 three-pointers.
Portland is led by Roy when he is healthy. If he doesn’t play the team will look to LaMarcus Aldridge. Andre Miller is also capable of scoring and he could do well against Steve Nash in this series. "We have a shot," McMillan said. "I feel that if we play our style of basketball we have a chance to win." Winning at Phoenix will not be easy since the Suns have won their last eight games at home. McMillan thinks his team can win though. "We have a chance," McMillan said. "They are a very good team, we know that. We've had success against them, but they are probably one of the hottest teams if not the hottest team the last part of the season. So we definitely know what they are capable of doing."
The Trail Blazers are 15-6-1 vs. the NBA odds in their last 22 road games. The Suns are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 home games. The Trail Blazers are 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings but the Trail Blazers are 5-12-2 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Phoenix.
Four of the last five Portland road games have gone under the total in basketball odds. The Under is 5-1 in the Suns last 6 vs. the Northwest. The Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix.