Numbers preview: Spurs-Blazers

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com


VIDEO: Blazers and Spurs Series Preview

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – Only one Western Conference team has a winning record against the San Antonio Spurs over the last six seasons. That team is the Portland Trail Blazers (14-7), who the Spurs haven’t faced in the postseason since they won their first championship in 1999.

Through the years, the Spurs have had a hard time slowing the Portland offense down. And this season, doing that has been tougher than ever. The Blazers ranked fifth in offensive efficiency in the regular season and first in the first round.

Of course, the Spurs were the best team in the league in the regular season. They’re looking to get back to The Finals, but have another tough challenge ahead.

Here are some statistical nuggets regarding the No. 1 and No. 5 seeds in the Western Conference, as well as the four games they played against each other.

Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions
Stats and rankings are for the first round.

San Antonio Spurs (62-20)

Beat Dallas in 7 games.
Pace: 94.2 (5)
OffRtg: 110.2 (3)
DefRtg: 106.8 (9)
NetRtg: +3.4 (6)

Regular season: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
vs. Portland: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
First round: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups

First-round notes:

Portland Trail Blazers (54-28)

Beat Houston in 6 games.
Pace: 95.9 (3)
OffRtg: 111.8 (1)
DefRtg: 109.8 (13)
NetRtg: +1.9 (8)

Regular season: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
vs. San Antonio: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups
First round: Team stats | Player stats | Lineups

First-round notes:

The matchup

Season series: Tied 2-2 (1-1 at both locations)
Pace: 98.5
SAS OffRtg: 106.8 (10th vs. POR)
POR OffRtg: 107.0 (5th vs. SAS)

Matchup notes:

9 Comments

  1. en. says:

    From a htown rocket fan …..San anto gonna lay it on this blazers team ……lucky for Lillards shot in game 6 if not Yall know it woulda been over with coming to houston….. but it is what it is. ..GO SPURS ….”TX ALL DA WAY

  2. okc2014 says:

    The series will be good but the Spurs are just too good. This is what they do. All the time. Win.

  3. Dayo says:

    Spurs will win in seven games
    GO SAN ANTONIO!

  4. Mleh says:

    GO SPURS GO

  5. romaroy says:

    Blazers sweep the damn spurs what 4.0 blazers

  6. rafael says:

    spurs #1

  7. rafael says:

    come on spurs we gonna win this series too and go for the finals again spurs have the answer for the blazers and we will see tonight spurs 4-1

  8. theholyspectator says:

    this is gonna be an awesome series…defense wins championships…cant out shoot your way out of this one portland, but then again these guys are young and fast..i say this goes 6 games spurs win 4-2