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(7-12) Miami Heat vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10-10)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center – Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: -110
NBA Betting Odds: PDX -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 209.5
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The Miami Heat have underwhelmed this season, but they’re on a two-game winning streak entering their contest against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland, on the other hand, is on a one-game winning streak after starting this season living below expectations based on last year’s success.
These teams face off on the west coast at 10:00 p.m. ET Saturday.
In Miami’s last two games, it defeated two Western Conference foes. Can it do it for a third time in a row?
Let’s take a look:
On the season, the Heat are averaging 97.4 points per game. That’s just 27th in the NBA — that’s a problem if you’re hoping to keep up in today’s NBA.
Defensively, this group is allowing 98.8 points per contest, which is only good enough for eighth in the Association.
What this really comes down to is: Who is going to help Hassan Whiteside.
Whiteside has been a beast this season, making sure the Heat are in games even when they don’t deserve to be.
So far on the year, the big man is totaling 17.3 points per game to go along with 14.8 points, 2.4 blocks and shooting 55.5 percent from the field on a regular basis.
Against Portland, the strategy is easy — it’s been written by every team the Blazers have played this season. Defend the backcourt and don’t worry about the rest.
The Blazers have had plenty of success this season, but only when the third options and belong can handle the load alongside the tandem at the 1 and 2.
Look for Miami to lock down defensively on everyone other than Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum – as counterintuitive as that sounds.
Portland Trail Blazers
As crazy as it sounds, the outcome of this contest won’t really depend on how well the superstar backcourt of Lillard and McCollum plays.
The key here is getting literally just one other Trail Blazers player to step up.
We know at this point that Lillard and McCollum are going to get their numbers. But who else is going to step up?
Is Evan Turner going to continue his recent improvement? Is Meyers Leonard going to actually effectively spread the floor?
Is Allen Crabbe ever going to live up to the contract he signed this past summer?
Portland has a lot of wild cards, which makes it difficult to trust.
The nice thing is that is has a true staple in the terms of backcourt scoring that makes it a high-scoring option.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Trail Blazers are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
Free Miami Heat vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
Portland is the better team at this point in the process, but they’re harder to trust entering this contest.
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As much as we’d like to give the Blazers a close win, we just can’t go that.
Give the Heat a win and give it to them by a large margin.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Miami 115 – Portland 101
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