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(2-2) Miami Heat vs. Portland Trailblazers (2-0)
Date: Monday March 12th
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -6
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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The Miami Heat are looking to squeeze into the Eastern Conference playoffs this season. The Heat are currently the seventh seed in the East right now, and have little room for mistakes. The Portland Trailblazers are playing out of this world. The Trailblazers are currently sitting in the third seed in the West right now.
The last time the Heat and Trailblazers took the court against each other, was December 13th. The Trail Blazers got the win. 102-95. Portland has won four in a row.
The Miami Heat are 4-1 over their last five games. The Heat recently beat the Washington Wizards, 129-102, in Miami. If the Heat can play like they did recently against the Wizards every night, Miami would be the team to beat in the East. Right now, the Heat sit comfortably in the seventh seed.
Miami has won two in a row. The most recent win coming against Washington (as mentioned earlier) and then beating the 76ers before that, 108-99. The Heat shot 47 percent from the floor and 53 percent from three point land in the win over Philadelphia. Hassan Whiteside had 26 points in the win.
The Heat are one of the more balanced teams that should be in the playoffs by seasons end. If they are able to maintain their winning culture until the end of the season, Head Coach Eric Spolestra, will be in the running for coach of the year, and rightfully so. He has done an excellent job with Miami.
On the defensive side of the court, the Heat are allowing 102.1 points per game this season. Good enough to rank the Heat 4th in points allowed this year. With the Heat being a top four team in points allowed, Miami needs to continue to bring the energy defensively. That is what makes Miami a playoff team this year.
The Heat are going to have their hands full in this matchup. Look for Miami to have issues playing on the West coast. The time change could effect the Heat’s play in Portland.
The Portland Trailblazers are arguably the hottest team in the NBA right now. Portland is looking to win their ninth straight game tonight, but they must do it against the Heat. Portland is 8-0 over their last eight games, and currently ranked as the third seed in the West this season.
I don’t care who you are, but nobody saw the Trailblazers sitting at third in the Western Conference this year. Portland has struggled to find a way to get it done in years past, but have seemed to find the recipe for winning this season. Portland’s back court has been playing light’s out.
Damian Lillard has been playing out of his mind since the Russell Westbrook comments before the All Star game. Lillard is playing at an MVP caliber level. He is averaging 26.8 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game this year. Lillard had really taken over as the leader this season, and his play has shown he is worthy to do so.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 11-4 in MIA last 15 overall
- MIA are 18-7-3 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
- MIA are 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 road games.
- POR are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Mon. games.
Free Miami Heat vs. Portland Trailblazers NBA Prediction:
The Miami Heat are going to struggle in this one. The team could be without a few key players in this matchup, but the injury report has yet to show who will be out for Miami.
Portland is 22-11 at home this year. Look for the Trailblazers to feel comfortable at Moda Center. The Trailblazers will have home court advantage, and the time zone advantage.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Trailblazers -6
Portland should have no issues handling business in this one. Take the Trailblazers to stay hot and get the win at home.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Trailblazers 119 – Heat 109
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