Spurs try to add to their modest win streak on Wednesday night when they visit the slumping Trail Blazers.
San Antonio (5-2 ATS) has bounced back strong from a buzzer-beater loss at Washington on Nov. 4 with two straight lopsided victories over Charlotte (114-94) and Sacramento (106-88). Meanwhile, Portland (4-4 ATS) has allowed 114.0 PPG during its two-game losing skid to a pair of underdogs in Detroit and Denver.
The Spurs lost last season’s series with the Blazers, 3-1, and were pounded in both of their trips to Oregon with defeats of 108-95 and 111-95. However, All-Star PF LaMarcus Aldridge played for Portland in that series, and now he’s returning to Moda Center wearing a San Antonio jersey.
The LaMarcus Aldridge reunion takes place at the Moda Center as he returns to Portland for the first time since signing with San Antonio in the offseason. The Spurs (5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS) wrap up their two-game road swing after routing the Kings, 106-88 on Monday as 7 ½-point favorites. San Antonio’s defense has tightened up since allowing 112 points to Oklahoma City in the season opener by giving up 94 points or less in five of the last six games.
Portland (4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS) looks to snap a two-game skid following losses on consecutive days to Detroit and Denver. The Blazers have won and covered three straight in the underdog role, including a 115-96 blowout of Memphis last Thursday as a 4 ½-point home ‘dog. Terry Stotts’ club continues to fire away from the floor, cashing five consecutive ‘overs,’ while scoring at least 103 points during this stretch. Portland won three of four meetings with San Antonio last season, as the Blazers have taken three straight matchups at home with the Spurs since 2014.
Pacers at Celtics (-2 ½, 203 ½) – 7:35 PM EST
Indiana and Boston are meeting up for the second time in a week, as the Pacers grabbed the first matchup at home, 100-98 last Wednesday as two-point underdogs. The Pacers (4-4 SU, 5-3 ATS) shot just 38% from the floor, but improved to 2-5 ATS in their last seven meetings with the Celtics since 2014. Frank Vogel’s club has won four of their past five games since an 0-3 start, capped off by a 97-84 victory over the Magic on Monday. Indiana is one of the hottest ATS teams in the league at the moment, covering five straight games, including a 2-1 ATS mark on the highway this season.
The Celtics (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) play without rest after routing the Bucks in Milwaukee, 99-83 as two-point road favorites. Isaiah Thomas overcame a 6-of-20 shooting performance (including 1-of-10 from long distance) to score a game-high 20 points, while starting each of the last three games after coming off the bench in the first three contests for Boston. The C’s have yet to play in a back-to-back set this season, as Brad Stevens’ team has held four of six opponents to below 98 points.
Clippers (-7, 213 ½) at Mavericks – 8:05 PM EST
Los Angeles (5-2 SU, 3-4 ATS) begins a brief two-game road trip that ends in Phoenix on Thursday night. The Clippers snapped a two-game skid by holding off the Grizzlies on Monday at home, 94-92, failing to cover as seven-point favorites. Since covering their first two contests, Doc Rivers’ squad is 0-4 ATS the last four opportunities in the favorite role. Los Angeles cruised past Dallas at Staples Center on October 29 in a 104-88 rout, catching the Mavericks on a back-to-back. Eight of the last nine meetings between these Western Conference foes have cashed the ‘over,’ including five straight ‘overs’ in Texas.
The Mavs (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS) have yet to win consecutive contests this season after getting blasted at previously winless New Orleans last night, 120-105. Dallas fell behind by 18 points at halftime and never recovered, while the starting backcourt of Deron Williamsand Wesley Matthews combined for eight points on 4-of-15 shooting. The Mavs are playing at home for the fourth time in five games, dropping two of their first three at the American Airlines Center. Rick Carlisle’s club owns an early 1-2 SU/ATS record in the underdog role, with the only victory coming in the opener at Phoenix.
Warriors (-7, 200 ½) at Grizzlies – 8:05 PM EST
Golden State (8-0 SU, 5-3 ATS) remains the lone unbeaten team in the NBA through two weeks, as the defending champions lost two games in their first eight trips to the court last season. The Warriors snapped a three-game ATS skid by barely covering as 12 ½-point favorites in Monday’s 109-95 triumph over the Pistons. Golden State has eclipsed the 100-point mark in all eight wins, including dropping a 119-spot against Memphis on November 2 in a 50-point blowout at Oracle Arena.
It was a rough road trip for the Grizzlies (3-5 SU, 3-5 ATS), who dropped four of five games with the lone victory coming against a Sacramento team that has won just once this season. Memphis fell short against the Clippers in a 94-92 defeat on Monday, as the Grizzlies have scored 96 points or less in all five losses. The Grizzlies were bounced by the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs last season, as Memphis has lost three of the past four home meetings with Golden State.
Bucks at Nuggets (-2, 198 ½) – 9:05 PM EST
Denver (3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS) faces its second straight unrested foe at home, taking advantage of a tired Portland team in Monday’s 108-104 triumph. The Nuggets go for consecutive wins for the first time this season, as Mike Malone’s team has busted the 100-point mark in three of the past four games, resulting in a 3-1 mark to the ‘over.’ Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay scored a career-high 18 points against Portland, as Denver scored in triple-digits at home for the first time in three tries.
This is a difficult travel spot for Milwaukee (4-4 SU, 3-5 ATS), especially coming off Tuesday’s 16-point home setback to Boston, snapping a four-game winning streak. Bucks’ point guard Michael Carter-Williams missed his fourth straight game with an ankle injury, as his status remains uncertain for Wednesday’s contest. Milwaukee hasn’t exactly played a difficult schedule so far, facing the Knicks and Nets twice each and also beating the winless 76ers at home. The Bucks have lost eight straight visits to the Pepsi Center, last winning in Denver back in 2006.