Point guard battle in Portland, and today's NBA odds and analysis

Jan 11, 2019 |

It’s a busy night across the Association with 18 teams are in action, headlined by a killer point guard matchup as Kemba Walker and the Hornets visit Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers. We're here to bring you the must-read notes from around the NBA to help you make the best wagers.

Taking advantage of the matchup

The Wizards have struggled all season defending opposing point guards allowing 24.4 points, 2.7 made 3-point shots, 6.2 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game. So, tonight’s matchup is an excellent spot for the Bucks' Eric Bledsoe.

He is averaging 15 points a game but has logged three double-doubles this year. Look for Bledsoe to help orchestrate the offense and get some points of his own today by backing Over his points, rebounds, assists total of 23.5.

Slow starters

Neither the Nets or Raptors have been high scoring teams early on with Toronto averaging 56.7 first half points, and Brooklyn 54. Defensively, both teams rank towards the top in opponent first half points per game with Toronto allowing 53.5 and Brooklyn 54.2.

The Under has hit in four of the last six meetings between these two with the average score at halftime over their recent 10 head-to-head matchups being 55-52. Back the first half total Under 108 today.

 

Building off the first meeting's success

The Mavericks' Wesley Matthews is in a favorable spot today versus a Timberwolves team surrendering 23.6 points, 3.3 made 3-point shots, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists to opposing shooting guards.

In their first meeting this season, Matthews shot 7-19 from the floor including 4-11 from beyond the arc for 19 points. Although he doesn’t attempt a lot of shots, he is still logging an average of 30 minutes a game and should be able to connect on a few from beyond the arc. Back Over his point total today.

Playing their best at home

The Trail Blazers have played confident at home all season posting a 17-7 record and holding opponents to 107.3 points per game at home on 44 percent shooting. Today they host a Hornets team who have only managed one win over their last four games and have surrendered a very high 121.3 opponent points per game over their most recent three.

In the head-to-head, the Blazers have won nine of the last 10 home games including five straight. Defensively with the Hornets struggles, Portland should be able to put up points and take advantage of a porous defense. Take Portland's team total Over 113.

Playing well defensively

There are notable injuries to feature as the Jazz host the Lakers. Los Angeles will once again be without Rajon Rondo and LeBron James, and the Jazz will be without Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum and Raul Neto.

The Jazz have allowed opponents to score only 105.5 points per game and are coming off a game where they held the Magic to 93 points on 39.8 percent shooting. The usually high scoring Lakers have only scored 102 points over their most recent three games and have held opponents to only 101.7. Look for both defenses to continue their great play and take the game total Under 216.5.

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