The Miami Heat will look to bounce back from their stunning loss against the dysfunctional Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday when they visit a ‘desperate’ Portland Trail Blazers ballclub that is looking to improve its NBA odds playoff positioning as much as possible.
Now, let’s find out which one of these teams will win tomorrow night.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 31, 2016
Bet on the Miami at Portland Pro Hoops Odds & TV Info
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 2, 2016
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon
TV: CSNW, SUN
NBA Odds: TBA
Why Bet the Miami Heat
Miami (43-31 SU, 39-34-1 ATS) looked pretty awful in getting beat by the Lakers 102-100 in overtime on Wednesday while never coming close to covering the spread as a 10.5-point road favorite.
Dwyane Wade scored a team-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Luol Deng added 22 points and 11 boards in the loss. Center Hassan Whiteside added 18 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots, but it was not enough.
“You typically get what you deserve in the league, and we did not deserve this game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “There were some things we did well, but if you saw any kind of effort, or focus play, they were beating us in those departments and we paid the price for it.”
Why Bet the Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers (40-36 SU, 42-34 ATS) have won three straight and four of their last five games including their 116-109 win over Boston as a 3-point home favorite on Thursday.
Portland got a game-high 28 points from veteran forward Al-Farouq ‘Chief’ Aminu while getting double digit scoring from five other players.
“Chief turned the game around for us,” said point guard Damian Lillard, who was held to 14 points on 3-for-16 shooting. “Not just because of the shots he made, but defensively, he was coming from the weak side, blocking shots, deflecting passes.
“He hadn’t been shooting the ball all that great, but tonight when we needed him, he rose up and knocked ’em down. He was our MVP.”
Expert Betting Score and Final Prediction
For this contest, I like the Portland Trail Blazers to eke out a narrow win, though I don’t expect it to be by more than five or six points at most. Portland has posted a solid 25-12 mark at home while Miami is 18-18 on the road.
More importantly, the Blazers will be looking for revenge after getting beat by the Heat 116-109 on December 20. The Blazers won their home meeting against Miami last
season and I believe they will do so again, though, again, I expect it to be very close.
The Blazers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning straight up record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against teams from the Eastern Conference.
Home team in this series is 5-2 ATS in the L/7 meetings and the Over is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings in Portland.
My final score prediction is Portland 107 Miami 103