Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trailblazers
NBA Prediction: Wolves +7 (March 25th 2017)
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Free Pick – Rickenbach NBA Saturday Minnesota Timberwolves (+) @ Portland Trail Blazers @ 10:05 ET – Of course with Minny off of an OT loss last night and then having to travel to Portland for this game, the whole world will likely line up on the Trail Blazers here. However, keep in mind, the Timberwolves had 2 days off before facing Los Angeles and they have 2 days off after facing Portland. The point is that they’ve still got some energy in the tank and they’ve got no reason to be worried about expending it either as they don’t play again until Tuesday. While the Blazers are playing with the pressure of still having a shot a playoff spot the T-wolves have no such pressure and can play loose and relaxed in this game.
The points being offered here are significant for two reasons. One is that the road team has covered each of the last four meetings between these teams. The other is the fact that all 4 of those games were decided by 6 points or less! The Timberwolves are 4-2 ATS their last 6 back to back situations and one of the two ATS losses was a game decided by 7 points. Look for the T-wolves to keep this one much closer than many are expecting as Portland drops to 5-8 ATS this season when off of a win by 10 points or more. Free Pick on MINNESOTA late Saturday night. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Portland Trailblazers
NBA Point Spread Pick: Bucks +4.5 (March 21st 2017)
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The small-market Bucks are below the radar screen having won eight of their last 10 while going 7-3 ATS. One of those defeats came to Golden State this past Saturday when Milwaukee ran out of gas playing for the third time in four days, sixth in nine days and without rest. The Warriors certainly can make a tired road team look terrible. The Bucks aren’t nearly that bad. Milwaukee enters this matchup having been idle the past two days. So the Bucks should have their full energy. This spot is fraught with danger for Portland.
The Trail Blazers are home for the first time in 10 days having gone an impressive 4-1 on their road trip that concluded Sunday at Miami. The Trail Blazers are coming off straight-up victories against the Spurs, Hawks and Heat. They were underdogs in all three of those games. Now the Trail Blazers have to adjust to being back home while avoid suffering a letdown after such heady road performances. Recent history is not on the Trail Blazers’ side here. Portland is 1-5 ATS the past six times as a home favorite with the one cover occurring against the Nets, who have the worst record in the NBA by far. On the season, Portland is just 14-17 ATS at home. I find it hard to back Portland as home chalk when it gives up 110 points per game. Only four teams surrender more points per game. The Bucks, by contrast, rank 10th defensively allowing 5 1/2 fewer points per game than the Trail Blazers. Milwaukee has been playing excellent defense lately, too. If you discount the Warriors’ game, the Bucks have held six of their last eight opponents to 98 or fewer points. The Bucks defeated the Trail Blazers, 115-107, at home on Dec. 7 in the previous meeting.
It’s not a fluke. The Bucks are active in the paint – where the Trail Blazers are vulnerable – and can match Portland’s athleticism. I would take Giannis Antekokounmpo over Damian Lillard as the best player on the court. The Bucks outscored the Trail Blazers by 24 points in the paint during their earlier victory.
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Portland Trailblazers vs. Utah Jazz
NBA Point Spread Pick: Blazers +8.5 points (February 15th 2017)
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The Utah Jazz have dropped three on the bounce and put up a really pathetic performance in Monday’s 88-72 loss to the Clippers. The Jazz recorded a season worst for points and shooting percentage (32.2) and are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss and just 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.
Tonight they’ll take on a Portland Trail Blazers side that hasn’t played well lately either, dropping four of its last five games. The Blazers are 0-5 ATS during that span, but they’ve won three straight head-to-head meetings with Utah the they’re 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings at Vivint Smart Home Arena. This is way too many points to give the Blazers, and I think they’ll keep this a close game.
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