Two teams sitting within the playoff places of their respective conference are clashing tonight, when the Portland Trail Blazers (32-20), who have lost only once in their last 7 games, are hosting the Miami Heat (24-27), who are looking to end their current losing streak.
Date/Time: 02-05-2019, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -7.5
Portland Trail Blazers have a 32-20 record (29-23 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the fourth place of the West. They have won six of their last seven matches and in their last game they won at home against the Jazz with a 132-105 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 26.4 ppg, adding 4.6 boards and a team high 6.3 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21 ppg and 3.9 boards per game.
Miami Heat have a 24-27 record (26-25 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 8th place of the East. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Pacers with an 88-95 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Josh Richardson with 17.3 ppg, adding 3.7 boards and 3.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Goran Dragic with 15.3 ppg, 3.1 boards and a team high 4.9 dimes per game but he is out with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Heat won at home with a 120-111 score. Blazers have a 22-7 home record, while the Heat are 13-11 on the road. Blazers are better offensively, scoring 113.1 ppg to Heat’s 104.9, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 105.5 ppg to Blazers’ 110. Blazers have better percentages both in field goals (46.3% to 44.3%) and in 3-pointers (36.2% to 35.1%). They are also better in boards grabbed (48.2 to 46.5) and in turnovers committed (13.8 to 14.6), while Heat are better in dimes made (23.7 to 22.7). Blazers are the absolute favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a struggling lately Heat squad.
Miami Heat vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -7.5 (-111)
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