The final week of the NBA regular season tips off Monday as the Spurs try to cover the spread at AT&T Center against the Portland Trail Blazers.
And the host Spurs opened as huge 2-touchdown favorites at most sportsbooks as they have motivation to keep winning and secure the top seed in the West.
The Spurs currently sports a record of 47-16, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 40-20-3 ATS. The Trail Blazers are 28-36 and 31-33 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Spurs post a 37-26 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Trail Blazers have gone 34-30 against the number.
Oddsmakers opened the Spurs as 13.5-point favorites in this matchup at BetOnline, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 206.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 6-rated Spurs and the No. 22-rated Trail Blazers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 105-99 win for the Spurs on Monday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up San Antonio's No. 2-ranked offense (103.2 PPG) against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 18 at 97.4 PPG. The Spurs have averaged 47.7% from the field per game, more than the Trail Blazers have managed so far this season (44.4% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Trail Blazers own the league's No. 20-rated mark, allowing 99 points per game when on the road. San Antonio, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in home scoring.
Last time out for Portland, they were a 93-89 loser as they battled the Grizzlies on the road. The Trail Blazers covered in the match as a 12-point underdog, while 182 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Portland got 23 points and 13 rebounds from J.J. Hickson in a losing cause in a 93-89 loss to Memphis on Saturday at FedExForum.
In their last action, San Antonio was a 114-98 winner at home against the Cavaliers. They covered the 15.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (212) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Spurs grabbed a 114-98 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday, behind a 20-point effort from Manu Ginobili at AT&T Center.
Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Utah are 4-6
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Phoenix are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a win are 9-1
A few Trail Blazers at Spurs trends to consider:
Portland is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Portland's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Portland's last 15 games
Portland is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 5 games
San Antonio is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
San Antonio is 11-1-1 ATS in its last 13 games at home
Portland at Utah, Thursday, April 26
San Antonio at Phoenix, Wednesday, April 25