Portland Trail Blazers vs. Miami Heat Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/28/13
Miami Heat (22-7) at Portland Trail Blazers (24-5)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Rose Garden)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -1 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat head to Portland on Saturday to face off against the red hot Trail Blazers.
The Portland Trail Blazers are sitting at 24-5 on the year, and while some feel the Trail Blazers success is due to their weaker schedule to date, you can’t deny their success. The Trail Blazers are ranked first in the league in scoring offense right now averaging an impressive 108.7 points per game this season, led by LaMarcus Aldridge, who is scoring an average of 23.4 on the year. The Trail Blazers are also getting it done on the boards, which is a big reason for their success. Portland has won two in a row heading into this meeting with the Heat.
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The Miami Heat are 22-7 on the season, and on the road, the Heat are playing very well, going 8-5 on the season. Miami is ranked in the top ten in both offensive and defensive scoring numbers this season, as the Heat are scoring an average of 104.6 points per game, while giving up an average of 97.3. LeBron James is leading this offense this season, putting up an impressive 25.4 points per game. The Heat are a team that relies on their defense come playoff time, and if the Heat are already playing this well on the defensive end of the floor, it could mean trouble for other title contenders.
The Miami Heat are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games off of no rest, and the Heat are also 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 games against the Northwest division. The Heat are also 15-5 against the spread in their last 20 games following an outright loss.
The Trail Blazers are 4-0 against the spread when playing at home against a team with a winning record and the Trail Blazers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games when playing off of one day of rest.
It’s hard not to take Miami here, as the Heat are kind of like the Pats in the NFL…if you get points take them. I think the best value however lies with the over. Both the Heat and the Trail Blazers can light up the score board, and Miami will be upping the tempo trying to get back into the win column against a hot team.