|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAPortland travels to the great state of Texas and the Alamo city to participate in their own battle with San Antonio tonight beginning at 8:30ET in the AT&T Center.
They also must feel like the fighters who were outnumbered back then. Dressing only nine players, they fought the good fight right up until the end when Wesley Matthews three point attempt was blocked by the Grizzlies Rudy Gay, who then proceeded to drop in two baskets from the charity stripe to seal the victory for Memphis 93-89 at Fed Ex Forum.
The Blazers trailed by as many as 15 points, before the aforementioned Matthews led a 10-0 run, bringing Portland within 2 with 32 seconds to play. J.J. Hickson had a double, double of 23 points and 13 rebounds for the losers. Jamal Crawford had 21 points off the bench and Matthews finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds.
LaMarcus Aldridge has been lost for the rest of the NBA wagering season and Joel Pryzybilla and Raymond Felton have also been among the missing of late. Nicolas Bantum is currently fighting a bout with tendinitis. Portland is an also run this year sitting far down in the standings at 28-36. They are 8-23 away from the Rose Garden.
San Antonio is anything but an also ran, as they sit atop the Western Conference at 47-16 and leading the Oklahoma City Thunder by 1.5 games, 2 in the all important loss column, with the Thunder only having 2 games left. A win tonight will clinch the Western Conference title for the Spurs and home court advantage through at least the West playoffs.
In preparation for those playoffs, coach Greg Popovich gave Tim Duncan a Sunday night off as the Spurs hosted the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers. It mattered not to San Antonio, as Manu Ginoboli netted 20 points and Tony Parker did his usual thing pitching off 9 assists during the 114-98 victory.
San Antonio has won 7 straight while Portland has lost 5 in a row. The Spurs are 27-5 at home. San Antonio is a prohibitive home sports betting favorite of 12.5 points on a $110/$100 moneyline. The same moneyline holds for the over/under of 207.5.