San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers: Prediction, Key Players, Injuries

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night at the Moda Center.

The game is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.

This is the fourth and final matchup between the two teams. The Trail Blazers have taken two of the first three contests. The Spurs won the most recent matchup 110-96 on January 16th. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 20 points and he also dished out 5 assists.

How will the Spurs fare against the Trail Blazers? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key factors to predict the outcome of the game!

Recent Games

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are 34-22 overall and 14-15 on the road. The Spurs are coming off a 90-81 loss against the Utah Jazz. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are 36-19 overall and 23-6 at home. The Trail Blazers are coming off a 98-92 loss against the Memphis Grizzlies. Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 18 points and 7 assists.

Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

No significant injures.

Portland Trail Blazers

Joel Freeland– Joel Freeland is ruled out of Wednesday’s game with a shoulder injury.

LaMarcus Aldridge– LaMarcus Aldridge is listed as probable for Wednesday’s contest.

Keys to Beating Portland

-Contain Wesley Matthews

It’s easy for the opposition to overlook Wesley Matthews when you have Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. Lillard and Aldridge are usually sure bets to play big, it’s Matthews that you have to watch out for. The sharpshooting Matthews is averaging 16.1 points and is a 39% three-point shooter.

-Limit Three-Point Shooting

The Trail Blazers have been one of the better shooting teams in the league in recent years. They are currently third in the NBA in three-point makes per game. They average 10 three-point makes a game and shoot a respectable 36%. Matthews and Lillard lead the way making 5.4 threes combined.

-Win Rebounding Battle

With Robin Lopez finally healthy the Trail Blazers can rebound as well as anyone. They are second in the league in rebounds per game, averaging 45.8. Tim Duncan and the rest of the Spurs must stop Aldridge and Lopez from getting extra opportunities in order for the Spurs to win.

Prediction

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As much as I dislike picking against Portland on the floor, I believe the Spurs will come out with a last second win. The Spurs will even the season series with a crucial win on the road.

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