Date/Time: 12-30-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers 0
Two teams sitting in the top-8 places of their respective conference, the fourth in the East Philadelphia 76ers, looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the sixth in the West Portland Trail Blazers, who want to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Sixers are 23-13 so far in the league and are sitting on the fourth place of the Eastern Conference. They are 3-1 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Utah on the road, 114-97. Blazers are 20-16 so far in the league and are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers in the sixth place of the Western Conference. In their latest matchup they got defeated by Golden State at home, 105-115.
Top Basketball BookmakersPhiladelphia are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 26.5 ppg. He also leads the team in rebounding with 13.3 per game, while Jimmy Butler follows with 18.8 ppg, adding 4.7 rebounds per game. JJ Redick adds 18.2 ppg. Portland are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 27.1 ppg. He also adds 4.7 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 5.8 per game, while CJ McCollum follows with 20.8 ppg, adding 3.8 rebounds per game. Jusuf Nurkic adds 14.5 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 10.2 per game.
Those two teams met twice last season with each one winning at home. Portland won with a 114-110 score and Philadelphia with 101-81. Portland are 13-6 at home so far, while Philadelphia are 7-10 on the road. Philadelphia have a better offense with 114.5 ppg to Portland’s 110.8 ppg, while Portland have a better offense, allowing 110.9 ppg to Philadelphia’s 111.6. Philadelphia have a better accuracy from the field, shooting with 46.8% to Portland’s 45.2%, while both squads have almost the same accuracy from behind the arc, shooting with 35.5% and 35.4%. Portland commit fewer turnovers (14.2 to 15.1) and grab more rebounds per game (48 to 47.7), while Philadelphia dish more assists (26.9 to 20.9). Portland have been quite strong at home and expect them to win today one way or another. Click here to check all our tipsters basketball predictions
Philadelphia 76ers vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 0 (-108)