NBA Matchup Insight
The Trail Blazers lost last night and while they have followed up their last 3 losses with wins it will be hard to get back in the W column tonight facing a Heat team that has won 8 straight.
Miami Heat (27-7) at Portland Blazers (18-17)
When: 10 PM ET, Thursday, March 1, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Heat vs. Blazers Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Heat -4.5
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
The Blazers were totally dominated on the boards last night in their loss to the Nuggets and they gave up a season-high 21 offensive rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge and Marcus Camby must do a better job in tonight’s game facing the Heat.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh lead a Miami team that ranks 1st the league in scoring and the Blazers must play better D than they did last night when they allowed Denver to shoot 48.4% from the floor.
Aldridge and Jamal Crawford played well last night, but facing the Heat, who are favored to win the NBA title this season, these guys will need help in the scoring department from Nicolas Batum and Gerald Wallace.
These 2 were only a combined 6/20 from the floor last night and if these guys struggle again the Blazers will lose again.
The TrailBlazers seem to be a different beast at home this season where they are 13-5 and are outscoring opponents by nearly 13 ppg. Still, after being almost unbeatable at home in the beginning of the season and winning 2 straight in their house Portland has lost 3 of their last 5 games at the Rose Garden.
The Blazers may want to slow the pace of this game and make it a half court contest. In Miami’s 8-game winning streak they are beating opponents by an average of 16.5 ppg. Miami has scored over 100 points in 4 of their last 5 games.
Last season these 2 teams split their 2 games with each winning on their home floor.
Heat vs. Blazers Handicapping Preview
This season Miami is 18-16 ATS with an O/U record of 16-17-1 and Portland is 18-16-1 ATS with an O/U record of 16-19.
In some betting trends for this non-conference match up the Heat are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall, and they have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
The Blazers are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 home games, 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games as an underdog, and they have an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
Pick: Yeah, the Blazers are at home, but they are 4-6 in their last 10 games and face a Heat team that is firing on all cylinders.
Take Miami to win this away game and cover the 4.5-point spread.
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