Miami Heat vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (11-17) at Miami Heat (15-10)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -6.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, SUN
The Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat square off Sunday at the American Airlines Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 101.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 24.3 points and 6.7 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 20.1 points and 3.4 rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Mason Plumlee is dishing 2.6 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.6 turnovers per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost five of their last seven road games.
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The Miami Heat look for a solid home win after splitting their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 96 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 94.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.5 points and 4.4 assists while Chris Bosh is averaging 17 points and 8.2 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 10.7 rebounds and Goran Dragic is dishing 5.2 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.3 turnovers per game. The Miami Heat have won six of their last nine home games. Josh McRoberts and Tyler Johnson are questionable.
The Trail Blazers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Heat are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 37-17-2 ATS in their last 56 Sunday games. The Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Miami.
The Trail Blazers are a young team that can get out and dictate the pace against this older Heat team. Miami still has trouble scoring and that could be a problem against a Portland team that can stroke the long ball. I'll take a shot here with the points.