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Portland is on a season-high four-game winning streak but is on the second of a back-to-back, and both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum played at least 42 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Kings. The Moda Center used to be one of the toughest places to play in the NBA when fans were allowed, but the Blazers are 1-6 ATS in their past seven at home.
The Blazers were down big against the Kings in the third quarter Wednesday but stormed back to pull off a win. The problem is, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum both logged at least 42 minutes in that game, so this quick turnaround might be difficult. Caris LeVert likely won’t be available, and the Pacers lost Victor Oladipo in that trade, but T.J. McConnell is expected to return. He’s not a big name, but he’s a key part of their second unit. Add in the Blazers being 1-4 ATS at home this season and taking the points could be the way to go here.
The Trail Blazers went all in for a 132-126 victory over Sacramento on Wednesday. CJ McCollum logged 42 1/2 minutes in a game that featured 12 lead changes. Over his career with Portland, the team is 0-10 ATS at home after a game as a favorite in which McCollum played more than 40 minutes. The Trail Blazers also are 0-8 ATS (-7.38 ppg) after a game as road favorites in which Damian Lillard made at least five 3-pointers and 0-8 ATS (-9.69 ppg) following a road contest in which they had more than eight times as many field-goal attempts as turnovers.