In this battle between two teams sitting within the playoff places of their respective conference, the Brooklyn Nets (30-29), are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers (34-23), with both teams having ended their previous small losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways today.
Date/Time: 02-21-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Brooklyn Nets +1
Brooklyn Nets have a 30-29 record (33-26 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 6th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Cavaliers with a 148-139 score in overtime, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by D’Angelo Russell with 20.3 ppg, adding a team high 6.6 dimes per game. He is followed by Caris LeVert with 16.8 ppg, 4.1 boards and 4.1 dimes per game.
Portland Trail Blazers have a 34-23 record (31-26 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the fourth place of the West. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Warriors with a 129-107 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 26.3 ppg, adding 4.5 boards and a team high 6.4 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21 ppg and 4 boards per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once on the road (Blazers by two points and Nets by 4). Nets have a 17-13 home record, while the Blazers are 10-15 on the road. Blazers are better both offensively, scoring 113.3 ppg to Nets’ 112.3 and defensively, allowing 110.3 ppg to Nets’ 112.7. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46.4% to 45.1%) and in 3-pointers (36.3% to 35.8%). Nets on the other hand are better in dimes made (24 to 22.8), while Blazers are better both in boards grabbed (47.6 to 46.1) and in turnovers committed (13.5 to 14.5). Blazers have not been very good on the road and while Vegas odds give them a -1 spread, don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the Nets in this one.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction: Brooklyn Nets +1 (-108)
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