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Basketball Betting: Phoenix vs. Portland at Sports Gambling

Basketball betting on Thursday will include a western conference matchup of a fading team versus one headed to the NBA betting post season.

Basketball betting on Phoenix has been a poor value all year while Portland has been a solid NBA betting host.  Whatever hopes the Phoenix Suns had for the basketball betting post season were likely over when center Amare Stoudemire was lost for the season due to an eye injury during the all star break.

Phoenix has been a less than stellar NBA betting commodity all season and as of late.  From March 3 through March 18 the Suns got the cash in just 4 out of 9 games.  Phoenix had an overall basketball betting record of 37-31 straight up and 27-38-2 against the NBA betting lines.  The Suns were just 13-19-1 against the spread in road action.

In over/under basketball betting play the Suns were 40-27 over the total including 21-12 over the number away from home.  Phoenix has been a poor defensive club for the past several years and that again is their basketball betting weakness as they ranked 27th overall in the league.

The Suns offense has been their basketball betting strength as it ranked 2nd overall in the NBA.  Shaquille O’Neal has stepped up his play to lead the Suns in scoring with an average of 18.2 points per game.  He also led in rebounds with an average of 8.5 per game.

Steve Nash led in assists with a most impressive 9.7 per game.  The Portland Trailblazers put together a 3-game basketball betting payoff streak from March 16 through March 19 that ended a NBA betting stretch in which they failed to cover 4 out of 6 games.

Portland had an overall basketball betting record of 43-26 straight up and 35-33 against the NBA betting lines.  Portland was an impressive 20-13 against the basketball betting board in home action and was a profitable 25-18 as a basketball betting chalk.

Brandon Roy has been the ace for Portland as he led the Blazers in scoring with an average of 23.1 points per game.

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