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Pistons And Blazers Try To Form A Winning Habit This Saturday Night

Posted by Craig Parsons on 3/14/2013 10:20:54 PM

The Detroit Pistons are crumbling. The Portland Trail Blazers are schizophrenic. What should a bettor expect from this contest in the Pacific Northwest? Unpredictability, more than anything.

Detroit Pistons @ Portland Trail Blazers – Saturday, March 16

Sport betting line: No line

Why Detroit Will Win

When the best online betting sites size up this game, they will make a very specific argument in support of the notion that Detroit can pull off a victory. Portland is simply an unreliable team, the kind of team that can play brilliantly one night and horribly the next. The Trail Blazers blew out San Antonio by 30 points on the road last Friday. What did they do in their next game against the lowly New Orleans Hornets, just 48 hours later? They lost by a bucket. Portland does not have quality depth on its roster. When you get past Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers become very thin... and beatable. Detroit can shake off its doldrums against this particular opponent, because Portland frequently gives mediocre teams the ability to beat them in any number of circumstances.

Why Portland Will Win

This is not high-stakes poker, but NBA basketball needs a dealer just the same, and the lead dealer for the Blazers, Damian Lillard, is as good a reason to pick Portland as anything else you'll find in this contest. Lillard has held up under pressure this season. It's true that Portland has dropped off in recent weeks, falling from the rest of the pack in the Western Conference playoff chase, but Lillard has established himself as a keeper, a point guard the rest of the Blazers can build around in the coming years. The stability Lillard provides at the point will flow through the rest of Portland's offense in this game.

The other thing to realize is that Detroit has simply collapsed. The Pistons had made some noticeable forward strides in the earlier part of winter, but all that progress has been wiped away by the past three weeks, which have seen the Pistons lose seven games in a row and 10 of 11. This team has lost its edge, its youthfulness turning from an asset back into a liability. Detroit started this season with the shakiness you'd expect of a young team. Now, the other vulnerability of inexperience - not knowing how to handle the long grind of a full 82-game season - is emerging for the flailing and failing Pistons.

Who Will Win

This is not an easy game to pick. The Blazers are a mercurial team, making them the kind of squad you don’t want to trust with your life savings. Yet, Detroit is quite inconsistent in its own right. Given that this game is being played in Portland, you would have to think that the Blazers should be able to rise up and win. Had this game been played in Detroit, the Pistons would probably have been the better choice. This is a real-estate kind of game, one in which location matters. Choose the home team here.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Portland

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