NBA GAME OF THE WEEK ~ PERFECT 4-0 THIS MONTH
Orlando vs. Portland,
12/20/2019 22:00 EDT,
Score: 103 - 118
Point Spread: -3½/-105 Portland
I'm playing on PORTLAND. I won with the Blazers last time out. Here's an excerpt of what I said at the time: "....They may be last in their division. However, they're still 11-16 and only one good run from getting themselves back in contention. That said, this is a stretch that they need to take advantage of. Last time out, the Blazers eked out a 1-point win over the Suns. Thats the type of victory a team can build positive momentum from. Now, in a 4-game stretch before Christmas, the Blazers get home games against the Warriors, Magic, T-Wolves and Pelicans. Those are all very winnable games, tonight's being the "easiest" on paper. I believe that they're ready to tip off that stretch by blowing someone out of the building..." Golden State actually played well but the Blazers still grinded out the double-digit win. Now, they're laying a much smaller number against another team they can handle. Once again, I believe that they'll take of business in this very "winnable" game. Anthony has settled into his role as the third option and this is a team ready to go on (at least) a mini run. The Magic have been competitive but have still dropped five of their last six. At the end of a trip, they're already looking forward to getting home in time for last minute Christmas shopping. Consider that the Blazers were laying -10 points when they hosted Orlando last season. Not enough has changed to warrant such a big line swing. The Blazers are 16-5 SU and 14-6-1 ATS against Southeast teams the past couple of seasons. Expect them to improve on those stats here.