Portland Trail Blazers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers / NBA – For the second time this season and for the first time in Portland, the Blazers will meet with the reigning champions Cavs. The first match was fantastic, some would say, for the history. The Cavs won with 137:125, and the match was marked by the performance of Love, James, Lillard … It is unlikely to repeat such a match, but Portland is a team that likes to play offensive basketball and which does not give up not easily against the best teams and biggest favourites. Begins: 12.01.2017. – 04:30 CET
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland is currently eighth in the West, but what is somewhat amazing is that teams from the ninth to the last place on the table are still in the hunt for playoffs, because the difference in the victories is really small and it is not impossible that, for example, Dallas which is last with 11 wins qualifies in the playoffs (of course if they improve their form). Therefore, every match is important for Portland and they need to enter in every match as if it was decisive. Now their opponents are the current champions, and even though they are playing at home (where they have a ratio of 10-8), they still leave the role of favourites to the guests. It is essential for the hosts that Lillard is back in the team, who was “resting” for two weeks due to injury.
Portland has the fifth attack in the entire league this season thanks to Lillard and McCollum and they score over 108 points per game, but in their ranks there are no real defenders, especially in the inner line, which is why they have one of the worst defences in NBA. Therefore, they allegedly want to bring the center Chandler from the Suns, the only question is what they can offer to Phoenix in exchange. In the first match against the Cavs, they have received 40 points from Love (he made the main job in the first quarter which the Cavs won with 46:31).
Probable lineups Portland Trail Blazers: Lillard, McCollum, Aminu, Harkless, Plumlee
The current champions of NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers, and their fans certainly remember their first season's duel with the Blazers, because that game ended with 12 points difference with one of the best performances by Kevin Love and triple-double effect from James. Love ended the match with 40 points, and he set NBA record for points in the first quarter, because he scored as many as 34 of which seven three-pointers! James has in that match recorded his 44th career triple-double effect with 31 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Cavs and Blazers scored 77 points in the first quarter, while the Cavs throughout the match scored 20 three-pointers, which is a club record.
Portland was led by Lillard with 40 points, but the Cavs' defence stopped McCollum and Crabbe, although the match was marked by a high shooting percentage of both. After learning that their starting guard J.R. Smith will miss most of the season because of a serious injury, the Cavs have decided to find a replacement for him, and they brought Korver from the Hawks, who is the right solution in Cavs' attack, because it is one of the best three-pointer scorers in the league in the last few seasons and that will, we are sure, score many three-pointers.
Probable lineups Cleveland Cavaliers: Irving, Liggins, James, Love, Thompson
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers PICK
If we will judge by the first match when there was a total of 262 points and by great shooters in both teams, then this time we expect a match with a bigger number of points. After all, Lillard and McCollum at one end and Irving, James, Love, on the other side, simply do not know how to play the game with a small number of points.
Pick: over 221 points
Odds: 1.90 at bet365 (down to 1.82 can be played)