Trail Blazers vs. Heat - 4/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (43-31) at Portland Trail Blazers (40-36)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -5 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, CSNN
The Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers clash late Saturday night at the Moda Center.
The Miami Heat look to keep rolling after winning 12 of their last 17 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 99.6 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 19.2 points and 4.2 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.1 points and 11.8 rebounds. Goran Dragic is dishing 5.9 assists and Joe Johnson is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have split their last 10 road games.
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The Portland Trail Blazers look for consistency after splitting their last 16 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 104.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.2 points and 6.9 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 20.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Allen Crabbe is dishing 1.2 assists and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won six straight home games. Chris Kaman is questionable with an illness.
The Heat are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
You guys know I've been a huge Portland suporter this season, and we've cashed on them over and over again. However, this line seems weird, as the Heat is the better team here and is also fighting for the third seed in the East. Assuming Wade plays, I like Miami and the points in what should be a great game.