TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2ND
#590 PHOENIX (-13′) over Portland at 10 PM EST
In a bad mood off back-to-back SU and ATS losses to New Orleans and Utah, Phoenix will bounce back in a big way when Portland visits the desert. The Trailblazers slip into this Western Conference battle off a pair of blowout losses to the Warriors (by 37) and Nuggets (by 32) and they’re in for another beating here.
Historically speaking, the Suns have played well in this series posting a proud 50-39 SU and 55-33-1 ATS record in the last 89 meetings. In this run hitting the hardwood off a SU and ATS loss, Phoenix improves to a rewarding 23-11 SU and 27-7 ATS including a stunning 13-2 SU and 14-1 ATS provided its opponent holds a team won/loss percentage less than .540. Equally impressive, when playing in their own backyard, the Suns carry an outstanding 58-15 SU and 42-31 ATS tally in their last 73 games including a powerful 41-11 SU and 31-21 ATS provided their opponent is rested.
For those of you that haven’t been paying attention, conference play has been a problem for Portland lately. In their last 42 games against the West, the Trailblazers hold a weak 12-30 SU and 14-28 ATS record. Provided the Blazers are priced as an underdog of +14 or less, this trend falls to a miserable 4-20 SU and 5-19 ATS mark. Also, on the road fighting a foe that checks in off two or more straight up losses, Portland holds a rough 7-17 SU and 8-16 ATS mark. Finally, in their last 26 games matched up against an opponent that holds a team won/loss percentage of .701 or higher, the Trailblazers sport a soft 6-20 SU and 10-16 ATS tally including a rough 0-11 SU and 3-8 ATS provided they bust in off a straight up loss.
Still holding a 6.5-game lead in the Western Conference over the second place Warriors, the Suns will get back on track with a solid performance over the struggling Blazers. Take Phoenix. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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