Portland Trail Blazers vs. Miami Heat - 12/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (7-12) at Portland Trail Blazers (10-10)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers square off late Saturday night in a NBA contest at the Moda Center.
The Miami Heat look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 97.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 98.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Hassan Whiteside is averaging 17.7 points and 15.1 rebounds while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.2 points and 6.6 assists. Wayne Ellington is the third double-digit scorer and Dion Waiters is dishing 4.4 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won three straight road games.
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The Portland Trail Blazers look for a big home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 110.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 113.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 28.2 points and 5.5 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 22.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. Maurice Harkless is the third double-digit scorer and Mason Plumlee is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last seven home games.
The Heat are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
The Miami Heat are coming off impressive road victories given just how banged up they are. However, beating the Nuggets and the Jazz on the road is different than beating the Trail Blazers in the Moda Center. The Heat are just beat to death injury wise and Portland has the outside shooting to run Miami into the ground. I have to side with Portland and the reasonable chalk.