Portland Trail Blazers vs Philadelphia 76ers - NBA prediction
- Title : Portland Trail Blazers vs Philadelphia 76ers - NBA prediction
The shorthanded Sixers are visiting the Blazers after a surprising win in Denver
After a tough start losing 3 of their first 8 games, the Portland Trail Blazers have picked up their form recently, winning 3 of their last 4 games.
Damian Lillard’s numbers have significantly dropped this season as he averages 20.4 points per game for the Blazers with only 38.4% from the field and 28.3% from the three-point line.
For comparison, last season the point guard was at 28.8 points per game with 45.1% from the field and 39.1% from deep. Even his free throw percentage has dropped from 92.8% last season to 86.5% this season.
Luckily for the Blazers, CJ McCollum is on his recognizable level with 20.5 points and 39.3% from the three-point line.
In the last game, Portland overcame a 13-point deficit at the half to defeat the Chicago Bulls 112-107. Lillard struggled at the start but warmed up to finish with 22 points and 10 assists. Jusuf Nurkic added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who trailed by 20 in the first half but improved to 7-1 at home.
The Sixers on the other hand started the season well winning 8 of their first 10 games but as injuries appeared and players were sidelined due to health and safety protocols, things turned up for worse.
The Sixers dropped five consecutive games before defeating the Nuggets in Denver on Thursday.
Tyrese Maxey scored 22 points, Seth Curry added 20 and rookie Charles Bassey managed to hold Nikola Jokic to only 3 points in the second half.
The Sixers shot 50.6% from the field and 37.9 from the three-point line.
Joel Embiid, Danny Green, Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle are out for the Sixers
The Blazers have won 3 of their last 5 and 7 of their last 8 at home against the Sixers
This is the fourth consecutive road game for the Sixers
The Sixers again will be without star center Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle, Danny Green and Ben Simmons who still hasn’t made his season debut. The Blazers have one of the toughest home courts in the league and are ready to go for their third consecutive win. The Blazers have won 3 of their last 5 and 7 of their last 8 at home against the Sixers. This will be the Sixers’ fourth game within a six-game road and with a shortened roster they will stand no chance against the Blazers who are expected to win by more than 5 points.
Portland Trail Blazers to win -8.5 and total over 219.5
|Prediction||Portland Trail Blazers to win -4.5|
|Start Time||04:00 : 21-Nov-21|