The Trail Blazers are coming into this game on a two-game losing streak after losing 116-112 to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. Despite the loss, Portland is still 3-2 in their last five games and 6-4 in their last 10. Miami has lost four-straight games, including their last three games at home. The Heat fell to the Phoenix Suns 110-100 on Tuesday night and are 5-5 in their last 10.
Can the Blazers start off their mini four-game road trip with a win? Or will the Heat be able to snap their losing skid on Thursday night? We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.
Note: So it’s unclear if either side will have trade deadline acquisitions tonight. The Blazers got Norman Powell for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood. The Heat got Victor Oladipo for Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk, plus Moe Harkless and Chris Silva were sent to the Kings for Nemanja Bjelica.
Trail Blazers vs. Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Pick ATS: Trail Blazers +3
The line for Thursday’s night primetime game is currently set at three points, with the Heat favored at home. The Trail Blazers walk into the game with a solid road record of 11-9 this season. But Portland hasn’t played well recently away from the Moda Center, only winning one out of their last five road games.
However, those games were without CJ McCollum, who just came back from a fractured left foot, which sidelined him for 20-plus game. Since he returned on Mar. 16, the Blazers have a record of 3-2. Over that same span of time, Damian Lillard is averaging 31.6 points and 5.8 assists per game, whole shooting 50 percent from the field. Portland is 2-7 ATS in their last nine games and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games. This season, they are 12-8 ATS on the road.
The Heat have lost their last four games by an average of 11 points. In their last three games, they are allowing opposing teams to score 118.7 points per game, which is well above their season average of 107.6. Heading into tonight’s game, Avery Bradley and Goran Dragic are both listed as questionable. If Bradley can play that would give the Heat a major boost with their perimeter defense. Miami is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games and also 1-5 in their last six home games. This season at American Airlines Arena, the Heat are 8-14-1 ATS.
Player Prop: Damian Lillard O4.5 three-pointers made (+110)
With the Heat struggling on defense recently, this seems like a great time to play Damian Lillard’s three-point prop. As we know Logo Lillard will shoot it from anywhere and takes a healthy amount of three-pointers every game. This season, Lillard is averaging 30.1 points per game and shooting 37.8% from three-point range on 11.3 attempts per game. He has gone over 4.5 three-pointers made in 21 out of 42 games played this season.
However, he’s only made 3.8 three-pointers in the Trail Blazers’ last five games, but the Heat are allowing opponents to shoot 39.8% from three-point range in their last three contests.
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