The Phoenix Suns (21-5, 13-13 ATS) and the Portland Trail Blazers (11-16, 10-17 ATS) hope to get back to their winning ways when these teams play each other Tuesday’s matchup at the Moda Center.
Will the Suns avert back-to-back losses for the first time since October? Will Damian Lillard bounce back from a disappointing return to end the Blazers’ losing drought finally?
The Suns opened a slight -2 road victory over the Blazers, who suffered five straight losses and eight of their last nine games. BetUs.com and bookmakers adjusted the total at 216.5 points, which comes a bit low for two of the top-15 offensive teams in the league.
Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Betting Lines
ATS: Suns -2
Moneyline: Suns -135, Blazers +115
O/U: 216.5 points
Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Team News
Due to a hamstring injury, Devin Booker will remain out of the Suns’ lineup, per report by Sports Illustrated. The two-time All-Star averaged 23.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG and 4.5 APG before hurting his hammy in the game against the Golden State Warriors. Phoenix has been 2-3 since he was out of the lineup.
Damian Lillard’s return to action from an abdominal strain on Sunday won’t be enough for the Blazers to snap their losing skid. Lillard, who was out for roughly two weeks due to an abdomen injury, recorded 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists in the losing effort. It appears that Lillard hasn’t fully regained his shooting stroke yet, as shown by his poor shooting clip vs. the Wolves. He shot 5-for-17 from the field and 3-for-14 from the three-point arc.
Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Injury Report
Suns: Frank Kaminsky – OUT (Knee), Devin Booker – OUT (Hamstring), Dario Saric – OUT (Knee), DeAndre Ayton – Questionable (Illness), Jalen Smith – OUT (Illness).
Trail Blazers: Cody Zeller – OUT (Quad) and CJ McCollum – OUT (Lung).
Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview
The Suns faltered in their first matchup this season with last year’s Western Conference finals opponents, the Los Angeles Clippers. Javale McGree racked up 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Cameron Johnson fired for 17 points off the bench. However, Phoenix just couldn’t contain the Clippers’ red-hot 55.1 percent FG shooting.
Meanwhile, the Blazers fell to their fifth straight loss, bowing to the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-111. Lillard recorded 24 points and Anfernee Simmons tallied a season-high 26 markers. Norman Powell also made a good account of himself with 15 points. In the end, Portland couldn’t make the important stops late in the game that would have allowed them to edge the Wolves.
Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers Prediction
Fearless Forecast: The Suns return to the winning column and hand the Blazers their sixth loss.
The two split their first two regular-season games with the Blazers cruising to a 134-105 blowout win in the first and the Suns claiming a 119-109 victory in the second. Unfortunately for Portland, they had their second-leading scorer in CJ McCollum on both games. Without the vet’s production, the Blazers will be hard-pressed to cover his usual outputs. On the other hand, the Suns have proven that they are still an elite squad even with Booker on the sideline.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix’s last 7 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix’s last 5 games this season.
- In 4 of Portland’s last 6 games, the total has gone UNDER.
Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Betting Pick
Pick: Suns -2. UNDER 216.5 points
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