Spurs Can Close Things Out Against Blazers on Monday Night

Truth be told, the San Antonio Spurs have been very close to perfection thus far in their Western Conference semi-final series against the Portland Trail Blazers, jumping out to a 3-0 lead and outplaying Portland in every aspect of the game. The Spurs now have an opportunity to get their veterans some needed rest by closing out the series early, with NBA betting action in Game 4 beginning at 10:35 PM Eastern time at the Moda Center in Portland.

The latest humbling of the Blazers took place on Saturday night, as San Antonio again jumped out to a big lead and cruised home for a 118-103 victory. It was truly an exercise in frustration for the Blazers, who got poor shooting out of its two stars, Damien Lillard and LaMarcus Alldridge. But obviously you must give credit to the defense of the Spurs, which has really smothered both players.

With that Game 3 victory, San Antonio brought its straight up-record on the road to 32-13, so you know that this is a team that can get it done wherever it travels to. But is this an occasion for the Spurs to relax as their lead in this series is nearly insurmountable?

In the NBA betting lines that have been posted on this game by the people at Get That Bet, the Spurs are favored on the road:

Basketball betting lines Courtesy of Get That Bet USA Online Sportsbook

San Antonio Spurs -4.5

Portland Trail Blazers +4.5

Over 211 points -110

Under 211 points -110

Tiago Splitter is the guy who has been a genuine paint in the neck for Aldridge to deal with. When he is guarding Aldridge, the All-Star power forward has shot just 32%. That is strong, and it comes on the heels of Splitter doing a great job against Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas. This guy is an unsung hero; one of those players who has accepted the role and does it with much efficiency.

San Antonio has covered each of these games in the NBA betting odds by getting out to a commanding lead relatively early and never taking its foot off the gas pedal. Portland has hardly ever held a lead in this series. The deep bench for the Spurs has out-scored Portland’s bench 140-43, and that represents much more of a disparity than these teams even showed in the regular season.

Mo Williams has been hurting with a groin injury and did not even play in Game 3. Considering that he is the only reliable scoring option the Blazers can bring off the bench, one can expect that even more of the burden is going to be placed on the starters as the Blazers try to stave off elimination.

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