Blazers vs. Heat Prediction
Can the Miami Heat get out of their offensive funk when they play host to the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at 6PM ET?
525 Portland Trail Blazers vs. 526 Miami Heat
Sunday, January 5, 2020
6PM ET – AmericanAirlines Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, the Heat are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Blazers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 221 points. The public betting currently has 72 percent going on Miami as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Blazers end losing streak
Portland put an end to a five-game losing streak on Friday night with a 122-103 win at Washington. The Blazers are 15-21 overall, 7-12 on the road, 14-20-2 against the spread and 18-18 with the over/under total.
The Blazers are struggling on defense this season, allowing 113.8 points per game while opponents shoot 44.4 percent against them. On offense, Portland is putting up 112.3 points per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor. Damian Lillard is leading the team with 26.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. CJ McCollum is adding 22.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
Heat in offensive funk
The Heat are coming off a 105-85 loss at Orlando on Friday night and they have scored 169 points over their last two games. Miami is 25-10 on the season, 16-1 at home, 20-13-2 against the spread and 20-14-1 with the over.
Miami is middle of the road on both offense and defense this season. The Heat are giving up just 107.2 points per game defensively, while holding opponents to just 44 percent shooting from the field and 32.6 percent from the arc. Offensively, Miami is putting up 110.8 points per game while shooting 46.6 percent as a team. Jimmy Butler is leading the team with 20.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game. Bam Adebayo is adding 15.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Blazers are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games as a road underdog and 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a winning team.
The Heat are 13-4-1 against the spread in their last 18 home games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a loss.
The Heat are struggling on offense right now, but they still managed an 8-point win over the Raptors despite scoring 84 points on Thursday. Miami still has a very strong record at home and they can win with offense or defense. Portland has not shown an ability to win consistently overall, but especially on the road. Their poor defense should open the door for Miami to get back on track with the ball and pick up a cover.
NBA Prediction: Miami Heat -5.5