Detroit Pistons vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Prediction from Larry Ness: January 7th 2017
Detroit Pistons vs. Portland Trailblazers
NBA Prediction: Portland -2.5 (January 7th 2017)
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All-Star PG Damian Lillard (26.8-4.5-6.3) had missed Portland’s previous five games with a sprained left ankle but returned in the Blazers’ 118-109 home victory over the LA Lakers on Thursday. He played 36 minutes, contributing 21 points and 10 assists. Lillard’s backcourt partner, C.J. McCollum (23.3), had scored 43 and 35 points in the previous two games while running the point in Lillard’s absence but moved back to his normal shooting guard position and collected 27 points and seven assists in Thursday’s win. “Makes the game much easier when Dame’s on the floor,” said McCollum. “The defense can’t key in on me as much when he’s out there.”
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The Pistons arrive in Portland off Thursday’s 115-114 home victory over Charlotte, a game the Hornets almost ‘stole,’ roaring back with a 44-point fourth quarter. Despite trailing by 19 points with just 10 minutes left,finest hour but it was a win. “We played a great three quarters,” Detroit head coach Stan Van Gundy said afterward. “I’ll talk about that.” In particular, Van Gundy wanted to talk about the 7-3 Boban Marjanovic, who came out of nowhere with a season high in points (15) and a career high in rebounds (19) in 22 minutes off the bench. Backup center Aron Baynes was out with an ankle sprain and starter Andre Drummond got in foul trouble, which gave Marjanovic his opening (note: he had scored just seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in the previous seven games and averages just 3.3 PPG and 3.0 RPG on the season).
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The Blazers are just 3-3 their last six but also 5-1 ATS. The Pistons are not a good road team, going 7-12 SU and ATS so far this season, while averaging just 98.7 PPG away from home. With Lillard back, lay the VERY small number with Portland.