Betting on basketball expectations are growing for the Blazers as they attempt to get into one of the top four seeds of the Western Conference NBA betting post season.
The Portland Trailblazers will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night with a starting time on NBA TV set for 10 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this inter conference matchup so be sure and open your account today for a game that is of critical importance to the Blazers.
Portland was in good form to begin the month with 4 payouts in 5 games since March 2. Portland was 16-15 with the NBA lines at home with just 13 of those 31 home games going over the total.
Portland has shown marked improvement since getting back guard Brandon Roy from injury. Roy was averaging 14.7 points per game and his presence helped keep defenses more honest, which freed up LaMarcus Aldridge who had a team leading 22.3 points per game.
Cleveland had a record of 12-52 straight up and was 25-37-2 with the NBA betting odds. The Cavs were a poor value on the road with a mark of 13-18-1 against the spread as they went over the total in 21 out of 32 games. Antawn Jamison led the Cavs with 18 points per game. Cleveland ranked 25th in the NBA for scoring offense and 29th for scoring defense.
This is the second meeting of the season between these two teams as Portland scored a 111-105 win at Cleveland on February 5 to make for a push on the board as the Blazers were 6 point favorites as the game went over the total of 196.
Cleveland has paid out in just 1 of their last 4 matchups with Portland as the series has gone over the total in the last 5 matchups between these two teams. Cleveland has paid out in 3 consecutive games at Portland, however, with the series going over the total in 5 of the last 8 meetings between the teams in Portland.
The Cavs and Blazers have gone over the betting on basketball total in their last 2 matchups at Portland.