Free NBA Hoops Pick: Heat vs Trail Blazers Lines
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(43-31) Miami Heat vs. Portland Trail Blazers (40-36)
Date: Saturday April 2
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Moda Center Portland, OR
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -6
NBA Betting Total: 209.5
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The Trail Blazers have won 3 of their last 4 games, including their last 3, and what a time to get hot.
They sit in the 6th spot in the West only 1.5 games back of the slumping Grizzlies and 2.5 games up on the Mavs and the Jazz.
It will be key that Portland not fall in the rankings, as they look to avoid playing the Spurs or Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.
The Trail Blazers won their 3rd straight with a 116-109 win over the Boston Celtics in their last game.
The Heat had been playing well, but then they suffered a pretty shocking OT loss to the weak Lakers.
They need to finish well, as they are tied with the Hornets for the 4th spot in the East and want to stay in the top 4 to host a first round playoff series.
The Heat have been solid this season at home, but on the road they are only a .500 team. While they only rank 23rd in the league in scoring their D is their strength ranking 4th in opponents’ points per game.
Dwyane Wade still leads the team in scoring, but the Trail Blazers may need to work about C Hassan Whiteside, who has averaged a double-double this season and has been on fire as of late.
Wade, Goran Dragic, and Joe Johnson have to knock down their shots from outside so the Trail Blazers do not pack the lane on defense.
Johnson started out well for the Heat after coming over from Brooklyn, but he has really been struggling as of late. He failed to score in double figures in 4 straight games before going for 10 in the loss to the Lakers.
Earlier this season in Miami the Heat beat the Trail Blazers 116-109.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers have the 4th fewest home losses in the West and they have won their last 6 games in their house.
The Trail Blazers have a solid scoring team ranking 6th in ppg, but only 19th in opponents’ points per game. In their 3-game winning streak the Trail Blazers are averaging 110 ppg.
Damian Lillard is the high scorer for the Blazers, who only have 4 players averaging in double figures, but Lillard and C.J. McCollum are each averaging over 20 ppg. Lillard struggled in the Trail Blazers last game, but he got a lot of help.
He was the high scorer for the earlier match this season with the Heat going for 32 points, but Portland still took the loss.
The big guys of Mason Plumlee, Meyers Leonard, and Ed Davis will be counted on to body up on Whiteside and not allow him to dominate in the paint.
The Trail Blazers are 25-12 at home this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest..
- Heat has an Over record of 6-1 in their last 7 road games.
- Heat have an Over record of 8-3 in their last 11 games overall.
- Trail Blazers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Trail Blazers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Trail Blazers have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
Free Miami Heat vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Trail Blazers seem to be a different beast at home and they are hot. They will win and cover the spread in this non-conference matchup.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: UNDER.
The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 games between these 2 teams and look for that trend to continue.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Trail Blazers 108 – Heat 98
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