Last Updated Mar 03, 2022, 02:20 AM
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns Predictions, Picks, Odds
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Nationally televised NBA coverage will conclude on Wednesday night with a lopsided Western Conference matchup between the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns. Coverage begins from Footprint Center at 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Suns 119, Blazers 104
Suns -12.5 (-110) at FanDuel
Blazers vs. Suns Predictions
After finishing second in the West with a record of 51-21 SU last year, Phoenix kept that same ball rolling with another excellent start to this season, as the Suns kicked things off with a sturdy 27-8 SU and 18-17 ATS run – with 18 of those victories coming by 10+ PTS.
Phoenix has been red hot since the midway point of January though, considering the Suns enter Wednesday riding an impressive 22-4 SU and 15-11 ATS stretch – while scoring 116.1 OPPG and allowing just 107.1 DPPG across that span.
On the other hand, Portland posted a solid start to the season, as the Blazers kicked things off with a sturdy 10-8 SU and 8-9-1 ATS run – despite getting tagged as favorites in 14 of those affairs.
Portland has been decimated by health issues since mid-December though, considering the Blazers enter Wednesday riding a frustrating 15-28 SU and 17-26 ATS skid, with 23 of those losses coming in the absence of six-time All-Star Damian Lillard.
I’ll back Phoenix here, as the Blazers are 4-8 SU and ATS in their last 12 games, while scoring just 103.2 OPPG and allowing 113.6 DPPG across that timeframe – setting the stage for an incredibly tough matchup against a Suns squad that’s averaging 119 OPPG across their latest 7-2 SU stretch.
Blazers vs. Suns Betting Odds
Blazers vs. Suns Betting Resources
- Matchup: Northwest vs. Pacific
- Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
- Venue: Footprint Center
- Location: Phoenix, AZ
- TV-Time: ESPN - 10:00 p.m. ET
- Injury Report
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Analysis
- SU: 25-36
- ATS: 25-35-1
- O/U: 28-31-2
After finishing sixth in the West with a record of 42-30 SU last year, Portland stumbled out to another pedestrian start to this season, as the Blazers opened with a mediocre 10-8 SU, 8-9-1 ATS – despite getting tagged as favorites in all but four of those contests (14).
Portland’s struggles quickly began to amplify following Lillard’s season-ending injury though, considering the Blazers enter Wednesday riding a bumpy 15-28 SU and 17-26 ATS skid, which ranks Portland 11th in the West straight-up with a record of 25-36 SU – and 14th against the spread with a record of 25-35-1 ATS.
Phoenix Suns Betting Analysis
- SU: 49-12
- ATS: 33-28
- O/U: 30-30-1
After battling Utah for the top spot in the conference all the way through the final day of last year’s regular season (51-21 SU), the Suns were surprisingly rusty to start this season, as Phoenix dropped three-of-four games out of the gate – while scoring just 106.3 OPPG across that window.
Phoenix clearly just needed a few days to settle into a rhythm though, considering the Suns boast records of 48-9 SU and 32-25 ATS since their opening skid, while ranking fourth in the league in both scoring and offensive efficiency (113.6 PPG, 1.108 OE) – and on the flipside, ranking sixth in points allowed and third in defensive efficiency (105.9 PPG, 1.033 DE).
Blazers vs. Suns Head-to-Head
The Suns swept a three-game regular-season set against Portland last year, with all three matchups soaring over the total set for Wednesday’s affair at an average of 238.3 PPG. The Suns are also 2-1 SU against Portland this season, with the first two matchups going over the number at an average of 233.5 PPG – while their most recent meeting pushed at a score of 111-107 (OU 218).
Key Players to Watch
- POR: Josh Hart - SF (14 PPG, 7.5 REB, 4.1 AST)
- POR: Anfernee Simons - SG (17.1 PPG, 2.7 REB, 3.9 AST)
- PHX: Devin Booker - SG (25.6 PPG, 5.2 REB, 4.6 AST)
- PHX: Deandre Ayton - C (16.5 PPG, 10 REB, 1.4 AST)
Blazers vs. Suns Betting Conclusion
After getting blown out by 30+ PTS in back-to-back home games against the Warriors and Nuggets, the Blazers hit the road for Wednesday’s contest as steep underdogs against the Suns at Footprint Center – marking the ninth straight games Portland has been an underdog in.
I’ll back Phoenix here, as the Suns enter Wednesday riding a sturdy 8-2 SU stretch, while scoring 116.6 OPPG and allowing 108.1 DPPG across that window – likely serving as a steep uphill battle for a Blazers squad that’s scored 100 PTS or less in six of their last 12 games (103.2 PPG).
Blazers vs. Suns Betting Trends
- The Blazers are 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games.
- The Suns are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 matchups against Portland.
- The Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last five games.
- The total has gone OVER in seven of the last nine Suns' games.
- The Suns are 9-2 SU in their last 11 home games.
- The Blazers are 5-10 SU in their last 15 games.