Portland Trail Blazers (21-4) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (9-14) 12/17- 7:00PM EST
Tonights NBA Free picks and prediction with lines and Odds
Line: POR -4.5
Tuesday night’s matchup will feature two young point guards at the top of their game as the Trail Blazers travel into Cleveland.
The Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday for the three games he played last week when he averaged 29.0 points and 6.3 assists while shooting 50.8 percent. Irving also averaged 2.3 steals, shot 40.0 percent from behind the arc and made 14 of 15 from the charity stripe.
“He deserves it, he put up some big numbers for us, and he was aggressive especially at the right times for us,” coach Mike Brown said. He can get a lot of accolades because he has the chance to be that good. He has special talents.”
Matching up against the talented Irving will be Damien Lillard of Portland, who hit the game winner at the buzzer to give the Blazers a 111-109 overtime victory at Detroit Sunday.
“It felt good,” said Lillard. I had a lot of shots that I let go that felt good that didn’t fall. When that one went in, I was like ‘thank you.’ I’m happy the shot went in.”
Lillard had 23 points to go along with seven assists as Portland (19-4) won its fourth straight game and have the best record in the Western Conference, thanks in part to an offense that averages 107.9 points a game, while shooting 45.9 percent… both which rank near the top of the NBA.
To compliment Lillard is power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who is averaging 23.5 and 10.9 rebounds per game as he is getting it done in the paint.
Throw in a team that is shooting 41.2 percent from 3-point land and we can see why they are one of the best in the NBA this year so far.
But, if there is any area they can improve in, it would be defensively where they are allowing 100.6 points per game.
Cleveland was riding a three-game win streak before the Miami Heat handed them a 114-107 loss on Saturday and know they will have a great challenge against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
The Cavs only average 94.4 points per contest and with the amount of points the Blazers put up, the oddsmakers have made Portland a (minus 4.5) point favorite on the road. Get the latest lines on the game up until tip off right here at Wonder Punter.
Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, no other player outside of Irving scores more then 14.5 points per game and with a hot Blazers team that can light up the scoreboard, I predict the Trail Blazers taking care of business on the road and stay undefeated against the Eastern Conference (10-0) this season.
By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter