The San Antonio Spurs have struggled to find their footing throughout the season, which has led to them potentially missing out on the playoffs. The Spurs are coming off a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers are looking to make their push their way into the playoff picture. The Blazers are heading into the contest after a lopsided loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Spurs struggling to find successThe last few years, the Spurs have been the team that they have been over the duration of their time under head coach Gregg Popovich. They have taken a step down from being an elite team in the NBA as they have stumbled away from the playoff picture at this point in the season. That has put their current streak of playoff berth that extends more than the last two decades at risk. They don't have the same offensive firepower and production on the floor to compete with the top teams in the Western Conference, let alone the entire league. That has seen them stumble as of last dropping three out of their last five contests, including back-to-back games against both Los Angeles teams.
For the second straight year, that has also put some lingering trade rumors around the team ahead of the trade deadline. There is some serious consideration for the team to move their core pieces to stay anew, but there is also the notion that they still believe they can make a push to the playoffs. It will be an uphill battle, but they possess the veteran talent to at least make that realistic possibility. Former All-Star forward DeMar DeRozan is leading the charge with 23.2 points while shooting 53.7 percent from the floor. DeRozan has picked it up in the last five games, with more than 20 points in each contest along with notch more than 30 points twice. However, if the Spurs hope to pull out a road win, it will take much more than his production.
Damian Lillard is putting the Blazers on his backLike the Spurs, the Blazers have had their issues on the court flare up. They have had some struggles along the way as expected after a major roster overhaul over last summer that saw many of their core pieces depart that has put them in a major adjustment period where they have struggled to hold their own on the court for long stretches. The Blazers have been able to pick it up somewhat over the last week, having won four out of their last five games played. that has come on the back of All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, who is putting together an incredible stretch where he has been the league's most potent scorer.
That saw Lillard put together a phenomenal six-game stretch from Jan. 20 to Feb. 1, where he averaged 48.8 points, 10.2 assists, and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 54.8 percent from the floor and 57.0 percent from beyond the arc. He has the ability to put the offense on his back behind his play as he helped guide the team back in the right direction. During that hot span, he set an NBA record with 49 made 3-pointers while making at least six attempts from beyond the arc during that span. Lillard could be in line to do that once again at home against a struggling Spurs team that is coming off giving up 129 points to the Lakers. Expect, the Blazers star guard to lead the charge and set the tone.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Portland is 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
- Portland is 4-1 ATS in their last five contests after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.