|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|San Antonio Spurs||+3.5 (-110)
|Portland Trail Blazers||-3.5 (-110)
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With their star man out, the Portland Trail Blazers suddenly look a lot less threatening. While still owning scoring threat through CJ McCollum, the pass-happy Spurs could take advantage of Portland’s mediocre defence.
San Antonio Spurs def. Portland Trail Blazers (+135)
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|San Antonio Spurs||Head-to-Head||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Gregg Popovich||Head Coach||Chauncey Billups|
|6-13 (12th in West)||Standing||11-11 (10th in West)|
|106.4 (24th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.8 (4th of 30)|
|108.2 (16th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.5 (29th of 30)|
|100.2 (5th of 30)||Pace||97.9 (18th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Murray (19.1)||PPG||D. Lillard (21.5)|
|J. Poeltl (9.3)||RPG||J. Nurkic (10.8)|
|D. Murray (8.1)||APG||D. Lillard (7.8)|
|D. Murray (2.0)||SPG||J. Nurkic (1.2)|
|J. Poeltl (1.3)||BPG||R. Covington (1.0)|
|J. Poeltl (.631)/D. Murray (8.1)||FG%/FGM||C. Zeller (.610)/C. McCollum (8.0)|
|D. McDermott (.439)/D. McDermott (2.1)||3P%/3PM||N. Powell (.444)/C. McCollum ()|
|Zach Collins||San Antonio Spurs||2 Oct 2021||Out (Ankle)||Collins is not expected to return to the lineup until after Christmas.|
|Devin Vassell||San Antonio Spurs||1 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Quad)||Vassell was listed as probable for San Antonio’s Thursday (Dec 2) game.|
|Doug McDermott||San Antonio Spurs||1 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Knee)||McDermott was listed as probable for San Antonio’s Thursday (Dec 2) game.|
|Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers||1 Dec 2021||Out (Abdominal)||Lillard was diagnosed with lower abdominal tendinopathy and will be re-evaluated in ten days.|
|Nassir Little||Portland Trail Blazers||1 Dec 2021||Out (Ankle)||Little is expected to miss at least one week with a left ankle sprain.|
|Norman Powell||Portland Trail Blazers||1 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Quad)||Powell did not play in Portland’s Tuesday (Nov 30) game.|
The San Antonio Spurs aren’t exactly the most potent offensive team in the NBA. But when they face the Trail Blazers, they may have some offensive freedom due to Portland’s unfortunate defence.
The Trail Blazers rank 28th in field goal percentage allowed, 29th in three-point field goal percentage allowed, and 24th overall in points allowed per game. Defence isn’t their focus, and with Norman Powell out in recent matches they may be without one of their better perimeter defenders.
The Spurs are efficient on offence, despite the fact that they are 17th overall in points per game. If the Spurs can get their offence going early, they can take one from the Trail Blazers. If one thing is for sure, the Spurs’ defence won’t lack effort.
— NBA (@NBA) November 27, 2021
He’s not taken over the headlines since returning from a major injury just a couple of years ago, but Dejounte Murray is growing into one of the league’s most impressive point guards.
In his last game, a win over the Wizards, Murray posted 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists while committing just a single turnover on the evening.
Murray’s two-way play is something to marvel at, and he’s fantastic when he decides to be selfish. While his shooting leaves Spurs fans wanting, his defensive chops more than make up the difference. Against CJ McCollum and the Trail Blazers, Murray’s defence will be crucial.
The Portland Trail Blazers are not one of the more reputable defensive teams in the NBA, but they have their night on occasion. To beat the Spurs, Portland will need to limit San Antonio’s opportunities in the paint.
Packing the paint should be priority number one for the Blazers. The Spurs are ranked dead last in three-pointers made and attempted per game. They’re decent at converting from three though, at 34.2% per game.
Without Lillard available, Portland needs to lean on their defence a bit more than usual. Not their strongest suit, but a concentrated team presence is more valuable than a miracle shot-blocking night.
CJ McCollum gets SURGICAL slicing up the Jazz defense ?pic.twitter.com/1hSfNXuR7H
— Blazers Nation (@BlazersNationCP) November 30, 2021
With Damian Lillard out and Norman Powell playing a limited role if any, there is no secret as to who the Trail Blazers will turn to going into this game. CJ McCollum is a scoring ace, but his playmaking will also need to be at a high level.
In his last game, a win over the Pistons, McCollum posted 28 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds on 11 of 26 shooting from the field. Unsurprisingly, he was a team-high plus-16 on the evening.
McCollum’s scoring ability is invaluable, as the lack of Lillard and Powell in the lineup makes Portland seem decidedly thin. Keep an eye on his two-man play with Nurkic, as McCollum could create for others as much as he does for himself.
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|San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Trail Blazers Information|
|Teams||San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers|
|Location||Moda Center, Portland, Oregon|
|Time||10:00 PM EST, December 2nd, 2021|
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