Portland vs Sacramento: prediction for the NBA preseason match
Portland Trail Blazers
It was not the best start of the season for Portland. In the first preseason match Chauncey Billups' men were beaten by Golden State (107:121). All of Blazers' best players participated in this match, but leaders spent not too many minutes on the court. For example, Damian Lillard played only 18 minutes, C. J. McCollum - only 11,5 minutes.
However, this duo still scored 31 points. But other Blazers' players failed to impress. Robert Covington scored only three points. Cody Zeller tallied only eight points, Norman Powell - only 13.
Sacramento got off to a great start. Kings recorded victories in first two preseason matches. In the first one they recorded a victory over Phoenix (117:106) and then they beat Clippers (113:98).
Luke Walton chose to field all of his leaders for those matches. For example, De'Aaron Fox scored 22 points in the most recent match. Marvin Bagley scored 9 points, Buddy Hield - 11. Looks like Walton will field his best players for this match as well.
In 4 out of 5 most recent home matches Blazers scored at least 108 points
In 4 out of 6 most recent home games Kings failed to score more than 116 points
We think that Kings' head coach will use rotation in this match, because Fox, Bagley and Hield will need energy for the regular season games. That's why we think that Portland has a chance to avoid a beating.
Our prediction - Handicap (+7) points for Portland
Prediction: Handicap (+7) for Portland
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Both teams put up a high-scoring performance in previous matches. Portland scored 107 points, Sacramento scored 113, so we are expecting another high-scoring game.
Our second bet is on total over 221,5 points