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Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs Predictions and Preview for 4/3/2022

Portland Trail Blazers takes on San Antonio Spurs on 4/3/2022 at 07:10 PM.

The Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs face off in an important game for both teams. Portland Trail Blazers has a record of 27-50 this regular season. San Antonio Spurs is 32-45 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Portland Trail Blazers Team Defense Preview


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Their defensive efficiency is 116.6, there is a lot of work to do here. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

This is not a defense that is able to impose their will on opposing offenses when it comes to shot selection. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Portland Trail Blazers Team Offense Preview




Their offensive efficiency is 108.9, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .552 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .518, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .422 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .348 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .760 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They successfully retrieved 23.5% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

San Antonio Spurs Team Defense Preview

You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 112.4, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. Making the easy shots hard is what this team does to opponents, among the best in the NBA.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

San Antonio Spurs Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 112.3, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They play a pace that is considered faster than average, but this is not a team that is having a track meet.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .555 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .527, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .344 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made .352 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .752 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They successfully retrieved 24.1% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

The Portland Trail Blazers Roster

The Players to Watch for Portland Trail Blazers

Anfernee Simons 6-3 181 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jusuf Nurkić 6-11 290 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

Getting to the rim is important to him. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He is a below average three point shooter. Getting to the Free Throw Line is an important part of his game. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. He makes an effort to get offensive rebounds, but he is not a leader in this metric.

Ben McLemore 6-3 195 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The San Antonio Spurs Roster

The Players to Watch for San Antonio Spurs

Dejounte Murray 6-4 180 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Keldon Johnson 6-5 220 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jakob Poeltl 7-1 245 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

Getting to the rim is important to him. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. His sharpshooting from three point range makes him a must-stop for opponents. He is one of the best in the NBA from downtown. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. Fouling him is probably better than letting him get two points on a drive or post-up. The Free Throw Line is an adventure for him and everyone is there to watch.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He finds a way to get second and third chance opportunity for his team.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 116 San Antonio Spurs 112

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