Portland Trail Blazers (13-13) at Miami Heat (13-13)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm (American Airlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -3 -- Over/Under: 202 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Portland Trailblazers and the Miami Heat do battle at the American Airlines Arena on Wednesday night.
The Portland Trailblazers will take any win they can get as they’ve now lost five straight following their 111-104 loss at Golden State on Monday. Damian Lillard led the team with 39 points on 12 of 28 shooting, CJ McCollum added 21 points while Evan Turner chipped in with 10 points but no one else finished in double figures as the Trailblazers shot just 42 percent from the field and seven of 28 from the three-point line. The Warriors were shorthanded as they were without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green but the Trailblazers just left themselves too much ground to make up after falling behind by as many as 23 points in the third quarter. With the loss, Portland dropped to 13-13 overall and 6-5 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have lost four of their last seven games but they will be gunning for a third straight victory after cruising past the Grizzlies in a 107-82 blowout win on Monday. Goran Dragic led the team in scoring with 19 points and five assists, Josh Richardson added 17 points while four more players finished in double figures. As a team, the Heat shot 56 percent from the field and 14 of 27 from the three-point line as they dominated the second half by 62-40 to run away with the game. With the win, Miami improved to 13-13 overall and 8-7 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a loss and 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 against the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 2-12-2 ATS in their last 16 home games.
Head to head, the over is 7-1 in the last eight meetings in Miami, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the Trailblazers are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
The Heat will be breathing a little sigh of relief after blowing out the Grizzlies in a much-needed win on Monday, but the truth is that no one is losing to the Grizzlies these days so it’s hard to get too excited. The Trailblazers have fallen off the radar with five straight losses but are more than capable of the upset with Lillard and McCollum in great form. I’m tempted to take the Heat at home, but the Trailblazers were close against the Warriors on Monday and I think they get over the hump this time.