The Portland Trail Blazers are hoping that the momentum they generated towards the end of the first half of the season by beating the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, and the Charlotte Hornets in succession will carry over into their first game after the All-Star break.
They will be hosting the Phoenix Suns this Thursday at the Moda Center. The other end of the spectrum shows a resounding Suns team, which entered the break on a four-game win streak, including a 10-point win versus the Los Angeles Lakers and a 22-point blowout versus the Warriors.
This game should be an entertaining battle between two teams that are currently occupying playoff spots in the Western Conference. With that said, the NitroBetting news team shares a detailed overview of the Blazers vs. Suns, along with the latest NBA betting lines and expert pick!
Trail Blazers vs. Suns Game Information
- When: Thursday, March 11, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: Rip City Radio 620 AM (Blazers) / 98.7 Arizona Sports (Phoenix)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Portland Trail Blazers?
The Blazers are missing a number of players due to injuries, but they have been able to get by and win with the healthy bodies they have on the roster. That was made clear by Portland when it racked up three wins in a row to close out their schedule in the first half of the season.
At 21-14 in the 2020-21 NBA season, the Blazers continue to produce impressive numbers despite the absence of shooting guard CJ McCollum. He has been out of the lineup for several weeks, along with Jusuf Nurkic who is also a key player in the Blazers roster.
Keeping the Blazers blazing is the combination of Damian Lillard, Gary Trent Jr., Enes Kanter, and Carmelo Anthony. The latter was an unexpected addition to the Blazers in 2019 due to his declining performance. He found a solid role in the Blazers’ lineup and eventually found his footing again, stepping up when necessary.
Why Bet on the Phoenix Suns?
Recording an imposing 24-11 record, highlighted by their 8 wins in their last 10 games, are the Phoenix Suns. This includes a 132-100 home win against the Blazers, giving the Suns the confidence they need stepping into the Moda Center this Thursday. This gives more life to the NBA odds as it places both teams at arm’s length from each other.
Not many thought prior to the season that the Suns would get this high in the standings at the All-Star break. But here they are, enjoying such a lofty spot in the standings, being just 2.5 games behind West-leading Utah Jazz.
Behind the Suns’ solid season are Devin Booker and Chris Paul, who run the backcourt. Combining experience with fresh young talent is always an effective formula, and the Suns are proving that.
Trail Blazers vs. Suns Betting Trends
- The Blazers are 7-3 at home in the last 10 games.
- The Blazers are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games.
- The total has gone under in 8 of the Warriors’ last 10 road games.
- The total has gone over 3 times in the Blazers’ last 5 home games.
- The Suns are 5-0 against the spread away from home.
- The Suns are on a 4-game winning streak.
Trail Blazers vs. Suns Expert Betting Prediction
The Blazers are up against one of the most prolific teams this season and we anticipate a tight game between the two. For this matchup at Portland’s home court, we can expect Lillard and company to come in guns blazing following their loss at Phoenix early into the season.
The Suns will be tough to handle, but the Blazers have the firepower to keep up with Phoenix. This is going to be a close game that will involve key players before a winner is determined.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.