Free NBA Picks Today: Atlanta Hawks vs Portland Trail Blazers 3/3/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Atlanta Hawks vs Portland Trail Blazers 3/3/23
Fri 3rd March 2023

The Portland Trail Blazers (29-33, 12-18 Away) will be out to snap their losing run on the road when they are on the road to face the Atlanta Hawks (31-31, 17-13 Home) on Friday.

Portland was beaten by the New Orleans Pelicans 121-110 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter on Wednesday. With 41 points and eight rebounds, Damian Lillard led the way in the loss.

The Trail Blazers are the 12th seed in the Western Conference. Atlanta dropped a close one on Tuesday at State Farm Arena, falling to the Washington Wizards 119-116. Trae Young recorded 31 points to lead the team in scoring in the loss.

With 13 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks, Clint Capela also produced a strong performance. The Hawks are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The teams are meeting for the final time this season.

Portland will be looking for a season sweep against Atlanta after getting the win in the only prior game 129-125 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter on January 30. Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 42 points and six assists. Dejounte Murray had 40 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in the loss.

Lillard is averaging 32.3 points per game, third-highest in the league, to lead the Blazers in scoring this season. Lillard also has dished 7.1 assists per game. Meanwhile, Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.4 rebounds.

Young’s 27.1 points per game have powered the Hawks on offense. He has the 10th-best scoring average in the NBA. Young also has tallied 10.1 assists per game, third-most in the NBA.

Capela has pulled down 11.3 rebounds per game. The Hawks have had success in the last 10 games between the teams at State Farm Arena, winning six. Portland has dropped three in a row on the road this season.

Portland is 3-7 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -7.5 (117.3-124.8). For the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 114.9 points per game, compared to 115.5 for opponents. Atlanta has split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 119.6 points per game on average while scoring only 119.1 (-0.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Cam Reddish: 19.2 | 12.6 | +6.6
Anfernee Simons: 15.0 | 27.9 | -12.9
Points per game:
Damian Lillard: 44.0 | 32.3 | +11.7
Anfernee Simons: 10.5 | 21.1 | -10.6
Rebounds per game:
Drew Eubanks: 7.6 | 5.1 | +2.6
Assists per game:
Damian Lillard: 4.8 | 7.1 | -2.3


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
John Collins: 13.3 | 21.3 | -8.0
Points per game:
Saddiq Bey: 10.2 | 14.4 | -4.2
Rebounds per game:
John Collins: 3.3 | 7.0 | -3.6

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Atlanta Hawks (-275)

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