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(13-13) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Miami Heat (13-13)
Date: Wednesday December 13
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -3
NBA Betting Total: 202
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Wednesday, December 13, finds the Portland Trail Blazers heading to Florida for a match versus the Miami Heat. Portland arrives on a five game losing streak. Conversely the Heat are on a mini two game win streak having beat the Nets in Mexico City and Memphis on Monday night.
Last season, the squads the Heat swept the Blazers in their two meetings. However, the Blazers hold the all-time record 37 to 20.
Portland Trail Blazers
Although the Blazers are on a five game losing streak the losses have come against elite squads. The past two against the top two teams in the West and in both instances the Blazers lost by seven points. The Blazers mounted a game effort outperforming the Warriors 29-18 in the final frame, but couldn’t overcome the 12 point halftime lead the Warriors built.
Portland has seemingly swapped their identity this season from an offensive juggernaut with middling defense to the complete opposite. The Blazers arrive in Miami boasting the seventh best defense versus the 21st ranked offense. They rank 13th in net with a positive 0.8 differential. Portland are particularly adept at defending the three point line ranking first in the NBA for perimeter defense. And. while Portland rank dead last in assists they also are the best at stopping ball movement as teams get the fewest assists against them.
Injuries have been mounting with Maurice Harkless (quadriceps) and Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) missing the game Monday against the Warriors. Both players are listed as day to day.
Entering the season it was felt the Heat would pick up where they left last season. Unfortunately Miami weren’t able to capitalize on an early home friendly schedule. Lately the Heat have feasted on lower end teams while losing to elite squads. To that end they suffered back to back losses to the Warriors and Spurs and then beat the Nets and Grizzlies.
Keys for the Heat may come on the boards, particularly the offensive glass where Miami rank 29th and the Blazers rank 11th. If Nurkic can’t play it may offer opportunity, but the Heat may be without their own big man.
Hassan Whiteside is out nursing a bone bruise to his left knee and expected out until the end of the month. Whiteside joins Okaro White (foot) and Rodney McGruder (leg) on the disabled list.
NBA Betting Trends:
- In Blazers last 9 vs. Eastern Conference the Under is 7-2.
- The Under is 13-4 in Blazers last 17 overall.
- Heat are 2-12-2 ATS in their last 16 home games.
- Over Under is 5-5 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
The Heat has done a good job of beating teams they should and the Blazers have the losing streak to contend with. Still, Portland will be anxious to get back in the win column and will definitely be the more desperate squad. To that end, expect the Blazers to come out with energy and aggression.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers +3
Feels like this game has the potential to be a low scoring affair given the personalities of the two squads and low scoring offenses. But, as much as I”m tempted to take the under I think the Blazers are due to break out of this losing streak.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Blazers 102 – Heat 100
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