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NBA Betting Preview: Portland Trailblazers vs. San Antonio Spurs- May 14th, 2014

Well, the Portland Trailblazers aren’t done just yet. They were bruised and battered in each of the first three games, losing by more than double digits in each game. Everyone pretty much assumed it would just be a wrap in Game 4, but the Blazers fought back and got a big win in Game 4. Now though, if they want to stay alive again and head back to Portland for a Game 6, they’ll need to win on the road, which almost everyone in the NFL has struggled to do this season. The Spurs are an incredibly good home team, and they just have so much talent on their roster. The Blazers showed a will to win last game, and the fans are hoping that carries over to tonight. Tip off is set for 9:30pm EST.

The Blazers were led by Damian Lillard in Game 4, and they are going to need a massive game from him on the road in Game 5 here. LaMarcus Aldridge will be huge as well, as he’s their go-to man inside, and is going to need to not only do it offensively, but he’ll need to step up defensively as well. The Spurs have such a talented offense where really anyone can score, so the Blazers are going to have to find a way to slow them down.

The Spurs on the other hand are going to be attacking how they usually do, and putting up a ton of points as usual also. If any team can keep up with the Spurs offensively then it’s likely the Blazers. The Spurs’ defense has really cause problems for the Blazers though, as it’s slowed down the offensive momentum that we’ve seen from Portland so often before.

Spurs’ Defense

The only way that the Blazers head back to Portland with a win and preparing for a Game 6 is if they really have figured out the Spurs’ defense. It’s unlikely based on how talented this team is, but I believe the Blazers have the talent to keep this one close.

Consensus

Really tough game to call here, but the Blazers are getting eight points on most sports betting sites, and I don’t think they go down without a fight honestly. The Blazers have a ton of talent, and while I think they may get eliminated tonight, I don’t see it happening by the eight points that the Spurs are favored by. They have too much pride and are too good to go down like that.

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