Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs Game Time: 9:30 pm EST
Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs TV Coverage: ESPN2
NBA Playoff Odds at JustBet: San Antonio -6.5 Total: 208

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Thursday NBA Playoff Analysis: The San Antonio Spurs will try to keep the momentum going when they host the Portland Trail Blazers in game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

The Spurs really put it to the Blazers in game 1 on Tuesday night. San Antonio outscored the Blazers by 13 in both the first and second quarter to take a 26 point lead into halftime en route to a 116-92 victory. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 33 points and 9 assists, while Kawhi Leonard chipped in 16 and Tim Duncan scored 12. San Antonio got a boost off the bench from guard Marco Belinelli, who shot 7 of 9 from the field for 19 points. The Spurs displayed their usual efficient offense with 21 assists, as they shot over 50% from the field and over 40% from beyond the arc for their second straight game. Portland started out slow, scoring just 16 first quarter points, and being down 26 at halftime, the deficit was too big to overcome. The Trail Blazers were competitive in the second half, as they seemed to really get into a groove. Lamarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Point guard Damian Lillard had his lowest offensive output of the postseason, shooting just 6 of 15 and finishing with 17 points. Forward Nicholas Batum, who’s had a great postseason for the most part finished with just 7 points and was a complete non-factor. Portland shot 37% from the field on Tuesday night, and connected on only 4 of 16 attempts from 3-point land.

In game 1, Portland looked totally out of sync in the first half and I think rust might have been a factor. That game 6 victory was monumental, and the NBA and twittersphere had talked about Damian Lillard’s game winning 3-pointer for a while. Well, The Blazers came out flat, and so was Lillard. Meanwhile the Spurs carried the momentum they had from their game 7 victory and got out to a huge lead. When you have some rust, and have to play catch up on the road, it’s pretty difficult. One thing I did see is how competitive Portland was in the second half and that’s a reason why I’m grabbing the points with the Blazers tonight. Are the Spurs one of favorites to win it all? Absolutely, but they had a huge game 7 win on Sunday, and had a big win on Tuesday night as well. I can see a bit of a letdown tonight, and as Dallas proved in the first round, San Antonio isn’t invincible at home. This is a talented Portland team, and I fully expect a more focused effort tonight. Don’t forget that this is the same Portland team that ended the regular season winning 9 out their last 10 games. With the number where it is, and seeing how San Antonio blew this team out just two days ago, I feel the oddsmakers respect this team, and know it might come down to the wire. I think we’ll see another great game out of Lamarcus Aldridge, and I think Lillard is due to rebound off a poor performance. I’m backing Portland tonight, as I see this being highly competitive and coming down to the wire, with the Spurs pulling off a close victory.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs Free NBA Playoff Pick: Portland +6.5 Over 208
Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs Game Prediction: San Antonio 107 Portland 105



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