Blazers vs. Nets Prediction
Will the Portland Trail Blazers be able to come out East and cover as a slight road favorite when it takes on the Brooklyn Nets tonight at 7:30PM ET?
505 Portland Trail Blazers vs. 506 Brooklyn Nets
Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:30PM ET – Barclays Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Blazers are the favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the Nets. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 229.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 65 percent going on the Blazers on the road. 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 looking for win streak
Portland was just 2-3 over its last five before the All-Star Break, but the Blazers did pick up a 129-107 win at home over the Warriors in their last outing. Portland is now 34-23 on the season, 10-15 on the road, 31-26 against the spread and 29-27-1 with the over.
The Blazers have been on the better half of the league in offense and defense this season. Portland is averaging 113.3 points per game while shooting 46.4 percent as a team. Defensively, Portland is giving up 110.3 points per game while holding opponents to 45.6 percent shooting. The team is expected to debut new addition Enes Kanter tonight. He comes over after being released by the Knicks. Damian Lillard is leading the team with 26.3 points and 6.4 assists per game while CJ McCollum is putting up 21 points per game.
Nets trying not to fall back
Brooklyn managed a 148-139 OT win at Cleveland before the break, but the Nets are just 2-5 in their last seven games. The Nets are now 30-29 on the season, 17-13 at home, 33-26 against the spread and 32-27 with the over.
The Nets are pretty solid on offense, averaging 112.3 points per game while shooting 35.8 percent from the arc. Defensively, Brooklyn is giving up 112.7 points per game while opponents shoot 46.5 percent against them. D’Angelo Russell has been leading the team this season with 20.3 points and 6.6 assists per game while Caris LeVert is adding 16.8 points and 4.1 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Blazers are 20-6 against the spread in their last 26 Thursday games and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games with at least three days of rest.
The Nets have covered the spread in six straight against the Western Conference and five straight when on three days or more of rest.
Both teams have a lot to prove tonight. The Nets are barely hanging on to the .500 mark and are in the mix for the Eastern Conference playoffs. Portland is definitely in the mix in the West, but the Blazers need to show they can win consistently on the road. The addition of Kanter provides a lot of depth in the frontcourt for Portland, a spot where Brooklyn is definitely weak. I like Portland to capitalize on the lackluster Brooklyn defense and just simply outscore the Nets tonight.
NBA Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -1