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2021 NBA Handicapping
(34-28) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets (43-20)
Date: Friday, April 30th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 240.5
Friday, April 30th finds the Portland Trail Blazers play the Brooklyn Nets for the second and final time this season. Brooklyn won the prior match on March 23rd (112-116).
The Blazers hold the all-time record having won 65 matches of the 91 played. Last season, the teams played twice and split the two contests.
Portland Trail Blazers
After losing twice to the Grizzlies last week the Blazers finally managed to register a victory against them in the 130-109 victory on Wednesday.
The guards were the key to the match as CJ McCollum led the way with 26 points, four rebounds, and six assists. Norman Powell scored 24 with five rebounds and four assists.
Damian Lillard added 23 points. three rebounds, and five assists. All there grabbed a steal and the trio accounted for 73 of the Blazers’ 130 points. Carmelo Anthony chipped in 18 points.
Jusuf Nurkic was one rebound shy (nine rebounds, 15 points) of a double-double. Nurkic missed 32 games with a broken wrist but in recent games appears to be in a great rhythm. In the last four games, he’s averaging 17.0 points, 13.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.3 blocks.
The key for the Blazer to climb out of the play-in tournament could very well depend on the health and production of Nurkic. They enter play on Friday as the seventh seed but are in range of catching the sixth-seeded Mavericks and fifth-seeded Lakers.
With 10 games remaining Portland will make that their focus and try to shore up what has been an abysmal defense (they rank 29th).
Only Zach Collins is unavailable as he continues his post-surgery ankle rehab.
With a playoff spot cemented the Nets focus is on staying on the top rung and quite frankly getting healthy. With the big three having only appeared in seven games that have to be a concern for Steve Nash.
Although Kevin Durant and James Harden are very familiar with each other their time spent in OKC occurred years ago. But there is still the matter of the trio playing together.
Let’s say they have no problems Nash still has to figure out an offense that allows the others to get enough shots to stay in rhythm. It’s a great problem to have since there isn’t an opponent who can measure up talent-wise.
Yet, the elephant in the room is defense, and that has to be the other key area of focus.
Brooklyn enters this game having played the night prior in a victory versus the Pacers (130-113). Kevin Durant made his mark scoring 42 points earning a double-double via his 10 rebounds.
Alize Johnson scored 20 points off the bench while Jeff Green, Joe Harris, and Landry Shamet each scored 14 with Tyler Johnson adding 11 as the other double-figure contributor.
On Thursday Kyrie Irving sat with groin soreness and was joined by Bruce Brown (knee), James Harden (hamstring), Chris Chiozza (hand), and Nicolas Claxton (health, safety protocols).
Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) is lost for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Blazers are 7-3 in the teams last 10 meetings.
- The Nets are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The over/under is 6-4 in the last 10 contests between the clubs.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Prediction:
A matchup featuring two teams with offensive prowess and defensive weaknesses should equate to a high-scoring affair in spite of the Nets playing in a back-to-back.
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