Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trailblazers NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

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NBA TV will televise the late night pro basketball game between the 19-11 Atlanta Hawks and 16-15 Portland Trailblazers from Saturday. The Hawks and Trailblazers will tip it off from Portland tonight at 10PM Eastern Time.

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The current betting odds at Oddsmakers reveals the home club Portland Trailblazers favored by -4 points with an over under of 182 ½ points. Bettors playing the home team on the money line will lay -175 odds. Those who bet the road underdog Atlanta Hawks to pull off the straight up win can receive +155 odds for their money line wager.

The Atlanta Hawks have had recent success against the Trailblazers with six straight up victories against Portland. They will have plenty of rest prior to this game having last played back on Wednesday night in their 101-99 road win at Phoenix. The Hawks fought back from a 15 point deficit in the win. The Hawks are trying to adjust to life without center Al Horford who is out with an injury. They are paper thin in the paint and were a bit lucky to catch the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night on the back end of a back to back to back.

The Portland Trailblazers were hit with the injury bug as LaMarcus Aldridge has missed the teams past two games with a sprained ankle. Portland needs Aldridge in the lineup as the club has surrendered 47.3% shooting percentage in their past five games. Aldridge is listed as probable for Saturday’s game. He leads the Trailblazers with 22 points per game average and an efficient 51.2% shooting percentage from the field. With Aldridge back in it means fewer shots for inefficient shooters like Jamal Crawford who makes just 38.6% of his shots and Raymond Felton who has a 36% shooting percentage. Aldridge also leads the team in rebounding at over 8 per game. This player means the world to Portland’s success on the basketball court as you can see the huge gaps in efficiency from Aldridge’s teammates. When the Portland guards set up shots for Aldridge, Wallace and Batum the Trailblazers are at their best. When their three guard rotation launch a high volume of shots they struggle. Tonight Atlanta doesn’t have the roster to keep the Blazer big men out of the paint.

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