Sacramento vs Portland: prediction for the NBA match
After a defeat to Utah Sacramento's board decided that they've had enough. Luke Walton was fired and replaced by Alvin Gentry. Under the guidance of a new head coach Sacramento played the first match. Kings suffered a defeat to Philadelphia (94:102).
So far Gentry's arrival didn't change anything in Kings' performance. They are still playing slowly. Kings lack confidence now. Not too long ago they were scoring 110+ points in every match. But now Kings are unable to score even 100 points.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland put up a string of four consecutive victories. They have defeated Philadelphia, Chicago, Toronto and Denver. But all of those matches Damian Lillard and co played at home. But it will be hard for them to repeat that success on the road. Away matches is a weak spot of the Trail Blazers.
Chauncey Billups' side is one of the weakest away teams in the league. In the current season Trail Blazers lost seven away matches out of eight. Probably recent success of the Blazers will gain team's confidence and they will play more successfully.
Blazers beat that total in each of four most recent matches
Fox averages three rebounds per game at home
Portland performed well in recent matches. Chauncey Billups managed to improve team's defensive performance. Even Denver failed to score more than 100 points in the previous match. We don't think that out of form Kings will be able to fight off the Blazers. Sacramento has way too many problems, so we offer to place a bet on the visitors.
Our prediction - Portland to win (Including OT)
Prediction: Portland to win (Including OT)
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Portland is a high-scoring team, but we don't think that Kings will support the Blazers in scoring. Gentry's men are not looking good on the offense so far. Taking that into the account, we offer to place a bet on total under.
Our second bet is on total under 228,5 points