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(31-37) Portland Trailblazers vs. Miami Heat (34-35)
Date: Sunday March 19th
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: -110
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -7
NBA Betting Total: 214
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The Portland Trailblazers and the Miami Heat meet for the second and final time on Sunday evening. Both teams are in the thick of playoff contention with the Trailblazers only 1.5 games out of the eighth seed and the Heat clinging to the eighth seed by a game.
The Trailblazers won the first meeting between these two teams by a close margin back in early December.
With less than a month before the end of the regular season, this game and all forthcoming games will prove to be important for both teams.
The Trailblazers are currently at the end of a five game road trip in which they have gone 3-1 coming into Sunday’s game versus the Heat.
Portland is currently on a hot streak, having won eight of their last ten games. This is noteworthy as it coincides with the addition of new center Jusuf Nurkic.
Nurkic, during his time with Portland, has increased his games averages significantly since joining the team. He’s playing 12 more minutes, averaging six more points and pulling down more than three extra rebounds since joining the team from the Denver Nuggets.
Portland has been at or near the top of the league in offensive ranking all season, ranking sixth currently at more 108.2 points per game.
However that comes with a caveat, as they have been near the bottom of the league when it comes to defensive points allowed.
The Trailblazers are a minus defensively at nearly every position on the court. Their weak defensive guard play and size, coupled with the lack of a legitimate rim protector has left them exposed all season.
Nurkic has helped a bit in this category, but not by much. Portland still allows 110 points per game, and hasn’t improved a significant amount since his arrival.
The Heat are one of the hottest teams in the league. Since January 17th, they have an NBA best record of 23-5, to include a win streak of 13 games.
During this hot streak the Heat have had their fair share of blowouts and comfortable wins. And also included in this streak is an 8-1 record, against what is considered to be the superior Western Conference.
Part of this surge has been directly dependent upon Goran Dragic, who has been balling since the new year. Dragic has improved his scoring totals by more than five points since the early part of the year.
The surge from the Heat have taken a surefire lottery team and transformed them into a legitimate playoff contender.
The team is as dangerous as ever, Hassan Whiteside continues to be a double-double guarantee on a night to-night basis. Dion Waiters has embraced his role as a gunner and terrifying scorer, and Dragic playing like the elite level of himself.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Portland is 14-22 ATS on the road
- Miami is 25-18-1 ATS after one day’s rest
- Miami is 23-5 since January 17th
Free Portland Trailblazers vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
This is a tough game to pick as both teams are on a hot streak and vying for the playoffs. However, Portland being at the end of a five game road trip and matched up against a hot team doesn’t bode well.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat -7
I think the fresher Heat team at home pull out the win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland 93 – Miami 106
This has the makings of a tired team putting up a clunker at the end of a long east coast road trip. I think that the Heat win and cover the seven points.
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