The 20-18 Milwaukee Bucks will be the road team when they face the 20-19 Portland Trailblazers in an NBA pro basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from Portland is scheduled for 10PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The NBA odds in this game has the home team Portland Trailblazers favored by -4 ½ points with an over under line of 195 points. There has been no line movement since the odds came out a few hours ago.
The team’s met twice in last year’s lockout season with Milwaukee winning and covering the spread in both games. Trend: Portland Trailblazers are 3-1-1 ATS in their past five games.
The Bucks are 10-9 on the road this season. This is the final game of their four game road trip. They are 2-1 on the trip following a 98-94 road win on Thursday to the Phoenix Suns as a -1 point betting favorite. The total came in at under 197 points. The Bucks held the Suns to just 38 second half points in the win. Larry Sanders had an efficient night for Milwaukee with 19 points and 15 boards on 8 of 14 shooting. Efficiency has been a huge issue for Milwaukee as their leading scorers guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings shoot for 40% from the floor making it difficult for the team to go very far in the playoffs if they make them. When Ellis and Jennings both have poor shooting nights the Bucks have no shot of winning because of the high volume of shots they take.
The Trailblazers are 13-6 on their home court. After a four game win streak the team has lost four straight. Prior to an overtime defeat at Denver on Wednesday the Trailblazers the next night lose at home to Cleveland 93-88 as a -6 point betting favorite. The game finished under 197 ½ points. Portland had a bad shooting night against a bad defensive team as the Trailblazers make just 39% from the floor. They looked like last year’s team with 19 turnovers. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and ten rebounds in the loss. The Trailblazers has struggled on defense this season by allowing opponents to hit on 46.1% from the floor ranking 27th in the NBA.