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Blazers, In The Midst Of A Long Road Trip, Arrive In Milwaukee On Short Rest

Posted by Craig Parsons on 3/17/2013 7:06:15 PM

It's the second half of the month of March, and the Portland Trail Blazers are immersed in an extended road swing. They need to find poise and strength as they prepare to face Milwaukee.

Portland Trail Blazers @ Milwaukee Bucks – Tuesday, March 19
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Why Portland Will Win

People in the football betting world who don't pay all that much attention to NBA basketball have probably not noticed how vulnerable Milwaukee is and has been on defense. The Bucks have allowed fewer than 100 points only once since Feb. 27. They are getting shredded at that end of the floor, even on nights when they win. Portland has two dynamic players - point guard Damian Lillard and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge - who can do a lot of damage within an inside-outside context against the Bucks. Portland has a perimeter force (Lillard) and a low-post presence (Aldridge) who can space the floor and get good looks for not just themselves, but for the Blazers' role players as well.

One other thing to note about Milwaukee is that the Bucks are extremely volatile. They go in stretches of good play and bad play. In Milwaukee's last 17 games, the Bucks lost seven of eight, then won six of seven, and have now lost their past two games against two teams - Dallas and Washington - that have losing records. Portland should be seen as a relative equal of Milwaukee; since the Trail Blazers are getting the Bucks on a downtick, they could take advantage and win on the road in Wisconsin.

Why Milwaukee Will Win

The high-stakes poker games that take place on a nightly basis in the NBA require someone who can initiate action, because that's how a hardwood-style card game starts. Milwaukee has that kind of initiator, point guard Brandon Jennings. The quick ballhandler with a lethal first step is averaging just over 18 points per game this season while posting almost seven assists per outing. He can be such a destructive force for an opposing defense, and Portland is going to be extremely vulnerable at the foul line and elbow areas, since Jennings can slot himself in those spaces and either drive to the goal or kick the ball out to shooters such as Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick.

The Bucks should also be comforted by the fact that Portland will be playing the second game of a five-game road trip. Portland went 1-5 on its last road trip of at least five games and is 2-8 in its last 10 road games. Milwaukee should be able to exploit the Blazers' lack of prowess and acumen away from the Pacific Northwest.

Who Will Win

While the Blazers could certainly win this game, especially since the Bucks are struggling, Portland usually becomes a get-well tonic for home teams that are looking for improvement. Give Milwaukee your trust as a bettor in this case.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Milwaukee


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