Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers - 10/23/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers - 10/23/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) vs Phoenix Suns (1-1)

Game Info: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)

Betting Odds: Portland Trail Blazers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 233 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers meet Saturday in NBA action at the Moda Center. The Phoenix Suns look for a win to get a game above a .500 record. The Portland Trail Blazers need a win after losing their opener to the Kings.

The Phoenix Suns are averaging 98 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 110 points on 53 percent shooting. Mikal Bridges is averaging 16 points and five rebounds, while Chris Paul is averaging 15 points and four rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Devin Booker is grabbing four rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 43.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game.

The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 121 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 124 points on 45.7 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 34 points and five assists, while Damian Lillard is averaging 20 points and six rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Norman Powell is grabbing five rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 86.4 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 41.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49 rebounds per game.

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The Suns are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Suns last 5 overall. The over is 7-1 in Trail Blazers last 8 overall. The Suns are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Portland and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Portland Trail Blazers probably should be favored at home, as they have the rest advantage, and they should be eager for a bounce back performance after losing to the Kings. With that said, the Phoenix Suns are the better team here, and we're getting free points with them. I don't care if the Suns are on the end of a back to back, they're the better team, and we're getting them in the underdog role. The Portland Trail Blazers are also known for losing games they shouldn't, which they did in their season opener. Give me the Suns.

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Randy’s Pick Phoenix Suns +2.5

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