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Portland Trail Blazers v Detroit Pistons - NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers v Detroit Pistons- NBA March 24th 2019; Moda Center, Portland Tonight we will be looking at a cross-Conference match between Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons who will face off against each other only 5 days after their most recent encounter on Match 18th at Moda Center. Portland Trail Blazers enter this match as a 4th team in the West with an overall record of 44-27. As it stands now, Portland Trail Blazers are in a great form, winning 5 out of their last 6 matches. They failed to win against San Antonio Spurs on Match 17th (108:103), however, won against Phoenix Suns (127:120), Los Angeles Clippers (104:125), New Orleans Pelicans (110:122), Indiana Pacers (106:98) and most recently Dallas Mavericks (126:118). With a great season behind them and an incredible 5-1 run in the last 6, Portland are more or less playoff bound, however, they should not let their foot off the gas, as they need to face off against Detroit Pistons, who have drastically improved in the 2nd half of the season. Detroit Pistons sit at the 6th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 37-34, which means they are not yet safe from falling out of the top 8. What I like about Pistons is their huge improvement since the All-Star Break. Since then Pistons hold an 11-4 record, which, bear in mind, is the best form out of all teams looking at the last 15 fixtures. They are doing something right and the results speak for themselves. Looking back at their last 5 fixtures, Pistons lost to Miami heat (108:74) and Cleveland Cavaliers (126:119) but managed to defeat LA Lakers (111:97), Toronto Raptors (110:107) and most recently Phoenix Suns (98:118). The two matches in their last 10 that stand out are the 2 consecutive defeats against Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat when Pistons failed to score more than 75 points. However that is in the past, and since then, Pistons won 3 out of 4 fixtures. The home side will come into this fixture without McCollum who remains sidelined due to a knee injury. As for the visitors, they have not reported any new injuries or missing players for that matter. Without CJ McCollum, Portland will step into the next match weakened. While his absence did not prove to be a problem against Dallas, we can safely say Pistons are a far better team who will be able to utilize the weak spot in Portland much better compared to Mavericks. In addition to playing without McCollum, I have my doubts about how will Portland deal with Pistons big men Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. In conclusion, I believe Blazers will lack creativity in the offensive end without their star guard, which is why I believe Pistons will be more than capable of shutting them down. Except Damian Lillard Blazers seem to have no players capable of creating their own shots, while 3pt shots are out of the question against Detroit. While the home court advantage will work in Blazers favour, that is where their advantages for the upcoming match end, as Detroit come off as the better team in all other aspects. Prediction: Detroit Pistons +5.00 points
Paul George's Hypocritical Few Days
Paul George complaining about officiating is a bit ironic. He and Russel Westbrook get their fair share of superstar calls and phantom contact and ones. Paul George, of course, is the man who shot 20 free throws March 7 against Portland and delivered this elbow to Jusuf Nurkic’s jaw. It might not be a strike from Jon Jones, but in today’s NBA that was a flagrant foul, and at the very least an offensive foul. The following day Oklahoma City played The Los Angeles Clippers and lost 118-110. George, Westbrook, and Steven Adams all fouled out, and the Clippers shot 20 more free throws than the Thunder. I would argue that George and Westbrook do get this share of calls as a team since they shoot the third most free throws in the NBA with 25.9 and the teams ahead of them are the Philadelphia 76ers and the team they faced that is 28.8. Not only that but George is number eight getting 7.13 free throws per games as of Saturday morning March 3 and Westbrook is number 14 with 6.5 free throws per game. Against the Clippers, Oklahoma City shot 44 three-pointers, and the Clippers took 26. Los Angeles took it to the basket a lot more, and the Thunder consistently shot from behind the arc. The thing that I think makes this even more ridiculous is how athletic these two are and if you watch Westbrook he is so fast and athletic that he avoids contacting by hanging in the air longer than his defenders do and over the last 40 games or, so George has been shooting and scoring at an MVP rate. However, George is angry and hurt. I just thought it was such a ridiculous outrage after the game against the Blazers that someone needed to call PG-13’s bluff. So Paul have a Snickers you aren’t yourself.