Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs (-6, 213.5)
The San Antonio Spurs own the best record in the Western Conference and are enjoying a six-game winning streak. The Portland Trail Blazers, who visit the Spurs on Friday, sit 1 1/2 games back in second place in the conference and have recovered from a rough patch with three straight victories. The Spurs are averaging 108.7 points during their winning streak and put up at least 100 in each of the last 10 games.
San Antonio’s recent scoring binge puts it right on the pace with the Trail Blazers, who lead the NBA in scoring at an average of 109.1 points. They put up 20 of their 108 in the last 5:24 on Wednesday to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and used big fourth quarters to knock off Orlando and Boston as well on the 3-0 homestand. Portland gets a much more difficult test on the four-game road trip that begins with the Spurs and takes it through Dallas, Houston and Oklahoma City over five days.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, CSN Northwest (Portland), FSN Southwest (San Antonio)
LINE: The Spurs opened as 5.5-point faves and are now at -6. The total opened at 212.5 and has gone up to 213.5.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Portland (-11.5) - San Antonio (-14) + home court (-3) = San Antonio -5.5
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (29-9, 22-16 ATS): Portland hoists up more 3-pointers than all but one team in the league and even LaMarcus Aldridge got into the act on Wednesday, connecting from beyond the arc to spark the end-of-game surge. Aldridge got a little closer to the rim down the stretch and scored six straight points to give the Blazers the lead and cap off a 32-point, 18-rebound effort. “He knew it was winning time and I just felt like you could see him with the determination of making a play at the rim,” coach Terry Stotts told reporters. Aldridge is averaging 29.7 points and 13.3 boards over the last three games.
ABOUT THE SPURS (31-8, 20-19 ATS): San Antonio’s players are plenty familiar with “winning time” and coach Gregg Popovich gave Tony Parker the credit for holding the team together in a 109-105 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday after Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan had gone to the bench. Parker had 25 points and nine assists in the win and has put up at least 25 points in three of the last four contests. The win kicked off a four-game homestand, and the Spurs own a 16-5 record in their own building.
* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
* Trail Blazers are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
* Spurs are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 game versus the Northwest.
1. The Blazers have taken the last three in the series, including a 136-106 rout in its last trip to San Antonio on Mar. 8.
2. Portland is 14-0 when holding its opponents under 100 points.
3. Ginobili is averaging 13.5 points in two games since returning from a hamstring injury.