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Trail Blazers vs. Heat - 1/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Heat (15-20) at Portland Trail Blazers (27-8)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers square off Thursday night at the Moda Center.

The Miami Heat have lost five of their last eight games and look for their first road win since Dec 16th. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 98.2 points on 47 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 23 points and 5.6 rebounds while Chris Bosh is averaging 21.3 points and 7.9 rebounds. Luol Deng is shooting 50.6 percent from the field and Mario Chalmers is dishing out 4.3 assists. The Miami Heat continue to stink it up on the defensive end, as they’re allowing 46.6 percent shooting from the field and 42.5 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Heat’s lack of defense has been an issue all year, and they’ve lost 15 straight when allowing 100-plus points. Justin Hamilton is questionable for this game with a concussion.

Trail Blazers vs. Heat - 1/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last six games and are looking like a true West contender. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 103.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 97 points on 43 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23 points and 10.6 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 22.2 points and 6.4 assists. Chris Kaman is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Nicolas Batum is shooting 40.5 percent from the field. The Portland Trail Blazers continue to play elite level defense as they’re allowing teams to shoot 42 percent from the field and 25.5 percent from deep in their last five games. The Trail Blazers have won eight straight games when holding a team under 100 points. Wesley Matthews is questionable for this game with a knee injury.

The Heat are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 2 days rest and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Thursday games. The Heat are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Portland and the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

I've been saying for a while that it's only a matter of time before the Miami Heat start turning things around. Well, many days off should help the Heat get thier mind right and help heel some of the bange dup bodies. Also, the Heat are 2-0 ATS this season when an underdog by eight or more points. Give me Miami and the points here.

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