Heat vs. Trail Blazers - 3/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (44-21) at Miami Heat (30-36)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat +3 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, SUN
The Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat meet Wednesday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 102.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting and are allowing 97.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.3 points and 10.5 rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 21.3 points and 6.3 assists. Arron Afflalo is shooting 39.2 percent from the field and Robin Lopez is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 48.7 percent from the field in their last five games and have won 11 of their last 13 games when topping 100 points. While they’re playing great ball recently, seven of the Trail Blazers last eight losses have come on the road.
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The Miami Heat need a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 97 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.6 points and 5.2 assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 assists. Luol Deng is dishing two assists and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 9.9 rebounds. The Miami Heat are coming off a monster performance on Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they’re shooting 47.8 percent from the field in their last five games. The Heat have to keep winning if they’re going to lock up one of the last playoff spots in the East. The Heat are 15-18 on their home court, which is the same as their road record.
The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Heat are 11-23-1 ATS in their last 35 vs. Western Conference and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest. The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Miami and the road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Can the Heat put together back-to-back great performances? We've been waiting for it for quite some time. Still, the Heat are the more desprate team right now and Portland just lost to an average Washington team on the road. I like Miami to get another big W on its home court.