Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Free Picks and Predictions

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Philadelphia at Portland, NBA Sports betting
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, December 28, 2017
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
509-Philadelphia 76ers +3½ -110  +141 Ov 208½ -108
510-Portland Trail Blazers -3½ -110   -161 Un 208½ -112

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Moda Center.

ABOUT THE 76ERS (15-18): Philadelphia center Joel Embiid missed three games with a back injury and looked rusty in a loss at Toronto on Saturday before collecting 25 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks in the win over the Knicks. Redick, who is no stranger to the Christmas Day showcase after spending the previous four seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, added 24 points in the win after taking the previous two games off to rest a sore hamstring. “I love our guys, they fight,” 76ers coach Brett Brown told reporters. “But you bring in (Embiid) and JJ, and the fight goes to a higher level, and gives us more of a chance. Fans see it, and our team sees it.”

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (17-16): Portland forward Maurice Harkless was battling a quad injury and found himself out of the rotation while missing six of seven games, but he earned back his spot Saturday. The 24-year-old posted a season-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting in 25 minutes off the bench. “When it’s time to win I’ve got to do whatever I’ve got to do to win and (Saturday) it was score,” Harkless told reporters. “We just had to figure out how to get something going and I had an advantage a lot of times in the post and I just knocked down a couple shots. My teammates did a great job finding me when I had an advantage or when I was open. All I had to do what knock down shots.”

Oddsmakers opened the Trail Blazers as -2.5-point favorites versus the 76ers, while the game’s total opened at 210.

The Portland Trail Blazers did not want to go into a long break with a four-game losing streak, so they pulled out a 95-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday to snap the slide. Finally back in action on Thursday, the Trail Blazers will host another team hoping one win can change its fortunes in the Philadelphia 76ers.

Portland failed to reach 100 points for the fifth time in the last six games on Saturday but did enough on the defensive end to thwart the Lakers and move back above .500 heading into their lengthy break. The Trail Blazers played their last two games without star point guard Damian Lillard (hamstring), who remains day-to-day, but got 21 points out of point guard Shabazz Napier in the spot start and held Los Angeles to 43 points in the second half. The 76ers dropped five straight and nine of 10 before stepping up on a national stage and earning a 105-98 win over the New York Knicks on Christmas Day. “We were on a losing streak,” Philadelphia shooting guard JJ Redick told reporters. “We realized we are at a breaking point in the season. We had to play with more urgency. Today, our energy was at a different level.”

Last time out for Portland, they were a 95-92 winner as they battled the Lakers on the road. The Trail Blazers covered in the match as a +3.5-point underdog, while 187 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Philadelphia won its last outing, a 105-98 result against the Knicks on December 25. The 76ers covered in that game as a -1.5-point favorite, while the 203 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

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Team record: 15-18 SU,17-15-1 ATS
Philadelphia is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Philadelphia is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road

Team record: 17-16 SU,16-15-2 ATS
Portland is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Portland is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Portland’s last 8 games

Next up:
Philadelphia at Denver Saturday, December 30
Portland at Atlanta Saturday, December 30

NBA Sports Betting Tips
1. Trail Blazers SG CJ McCollum is 3-of-18 from 3-point range over his last three games.

2. 76ers PG T.J. McConnell matched a season high with 15 points on Monday.

3. Embiid scored 28 points in a 101-81 home win over Portland on Nov. 22.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks:  Philadelphia 76ers will cover the spread at +3½ and the game will stay under 208½ points, according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: 76ers 103, Trail Blazers 95 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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