Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets - 2/26/14
Brooklyn Nets (26-28) at Portland Trail Blazers (38-18)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Rose Garden)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -4 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets travel to the Moda Center to take on the Portland Trailblazers tonight.
The Nets have won four of their last six and will be looking to build on some consistency after they snuck past the shorthanded Lakers by 108-102 on Sunday. Deron Williams had his best game in recent memory with 30 points, seven assists and six steals while Paul Pierce added 25 points, but the story of the night was Jason Collins who debuted for the Nets to a warm applause of the home crowd. The only real blemish from the win was the Nets lack of focus down the stretch as they led by 16 points at halftime and should have never let the Lakers back into the game. Despite the slip in focus, coach Kidd will be delighted that the Nets won to improve their record to 26-28 overall and 10-17 on the road.
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Meanwhile, it's all smiles in Portland as the Trailblazers go for a fourth straight win tonight after escaping Denver with a 100-95 win last night. Damian Lillard flirted with a triple-double, scoring 31 points, seven rebounds and nine assits while Nicolas Batum added 16 points and a clutch three pointer to help the Blazers seal the win and improve to 39-18 overall and 18-11 on the road. LaMarcus Aldridge sat out his third straight game with a groin injury but seeing that he participated in a little pre-game shooting before last night's game, his return may be just around the corner.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference, while the Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games playing on no days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
These teams last met all the way back on Nov. 18 and it was the Blazers who won by 108-98 behind 27 points from Aldridge, but the Nets are a much better team now and should be able to exact some revenge tonight. I'm taking Brooklyn with the points in this one.