You’re not going to find many players that are as dynamic as F LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers. He is averaging right at 21.0 points per game this season, and he had a streak of seven straight games with at least 20 points scored going before his team’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder a few days ago in which he scored just 10. The former Texas Longhorns standout and his teammates are back at home at the Rose Garden on Wednesday night for a showdown with the Brooklyn Nets.
Aldridge will have his work cut out for him against C Brook Lopez on Wednesday. Lopez is a fantastic center that has been playing well on both sides of the court. The fact that F Reggie Evans has been cleaning up the glass as well as he has, has allowed Lopez to focus more on shot blocking and making his own shots on the offensive end of the court.
Brooklyn has seen the results of this pan out well, knowing that the team has gone 10-4-2 ATS in its last 16 games. Unfortunately for the Nets though, they are just 8-8 SU in those outings, and they are starting to lose ground to the suddenly surging New York Knicks in the Atlantic Division. This is the sixth game in an eight-game marathon roadie for the Nets.
Portland knows that it has to get on its high horse if it is going to get into the playoffs in the Western Conference. Entering the day, the Trail Blazers are 2 ½-games behind the Los Angeles Lakers with two teams between them in the race for the last playoff spot in the West.
The home team has won four games in a row in this series and has covered three of the four. Brooklyn is not surprisingly a 2 ½-point underdog on the NBA odds on Wednesday night.