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The Phoenix Suns will host the Portland Trailblazers on Friday night with a start time of 10:30 PM ET and a telecast on ESPN. Open your account today at Sports Gambling for action on the side and total of this Western Conference showdown.
Portland had a basketball betting NBA online record of 20-17 straight up and 19-16-2 against the spread. The Trailblazers covered just 9 of their first 22 road games with an even 11-11 split on totals in those games. Portland was neck and neck with the Denver Nuggets for the 3rd spot in the Northwest Division standings and was fighting to stay in the top 8 of the Western Conference.
Portland has been bitten bad by the injury bug all season and was recently missing the services of guard Brandon Roy, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Center Greg Oden is out for the season with a knee injury. Marcus Camby, who has also missed time with injuries, returned to the lineup and led the Blazers in rebounding with 11.3 per game.
LaMarcus Aldridge was the leading scorer for Portland with 20.2 points per game as the offense struggled with Roy out and ranked 25th in the NBA. Defense is what has kept Portland in the race as they ranked 8th in the NBA for points allowed.
Phoenix has been decimated by key roster losses led by Amare Stoudemire last summer as he jumped to New York. The Suns paid out with the NBA sports betting line in just 5 of their first 17 home games.
Portland has paid out in their last 3 basketball sports betting matchups with Phoenix, all of which took place this season. In the last meeting between the teams the Trailblazers scored a 101-94 road payout on December 10 as the game went under the total.
The series has gone under the total in 6 of the last 7 meetings. Portland has gotten the money in just 3 of their last 8 visits to Phoenix with just 2 of those games going under the total.