76ers vs. Trail Blazers NBA Odds, Preview and Prediction

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Damian Lillard #0 of the Trail Blazers shoots a three point basket over Damian Jones #15 of the Kings. Steph Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

The 76ers finally won a game after a two-week slide without Joel Embiid. Can the Sixers start a winning streak against the Blazers after defeating the Nuggets last game?

Let’s break down the NBA odds for this matchup.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday, November 20, 2021 – 10:00 PM EST at Moda Center

The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to Portland without a bunch of key players due to health and safety protocols. The 76ers will be without Joel Embiid and Matisse Thybulle who are both away from the team due to illness. Of course, Ben Simmons hasn’t returned to the Sixers and won’t any time soon. They’ll also be without Danny Green who has a hamstring injury and Grant Riller has a left knee meniscus tear.

It all makes sense why an 8-8 Portland team is a heavy favorite in this matchup. However, star play Damian Lillard is currently probable to play in this game due to an abdominal injury. It’s not confirmed that he’ll play but it’s expected that he does. The Philadelphia offense is one of the best in the league when healthy.

The Philly offense is still scoring 113.9 points per 100 possessions and has a 54.6 percent effective field goal percentage. Turnovers are limited to 13.1 percent and that allows the 76ers to get more shots up. That’s helpful knowing the Sixers have a really good shot selection. The 76ers will rely on Tobias Harris, who has returned from protocol.

He’s averaging 19.9 points per game and helped lead the Sixers to their first win in over a week against the Denver Nuggets, 103-89, along with Tyrese Maxey, Seth Curry, and Andre Drummond. The 76ers are no longer deep but still have a rotation with eight capable guys. Meanwhile, Portland’s defense has been awful, allowing 111.3 points per 100 possessions and a 54.9 percent effective field goal percentage.

The Blazers have struggled to earn many turnovers on the defensive end, but do clean the glass up well, holding opponents to just 22 percent offensive rebounding. Offensively, Portland is scoring 113.1 points per 100 possessions with a 54.5 percent effective field goal percentage.

Turnovers are limited to an extent at 13.9 percent and there’s a good chance the Blazers will be able to earn offensive rebounds, especially with Embiid not playing. The Sixers haven’t been great defensively, allowing 109.8 points per 100 possessions, which is in the bottom half of the league.

Expert Prediction

It’s been a poor season for Portland this year. There’s not much depth on this squad and with Damian Lillard struggling a bit along with C.J. McCollum, this team hasn’t seen much success. It’s still early in the season and with both guards averaging over 20 points a game, there’s still plenty of potential.

To win this game, the Blazers will have to destroy on the glass, however, if they give the Sixers wide-open jumpers, rebounding won’t become nearly as crucial. I like the game over in this game. The Sixers have struggled defensively and have been really bad on the defensive glass. The Blazers should clean up with second-chance points and limit turnovers.

Meanwhile, the Sixers won’t be able to get second chances but they’ll get plenty of really high-level looks that will help Philadelphia score plenty in this game so grab the over for your NBA pick tonight.

NBA Pick: Over 217.5 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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