Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets (By: Miyagi)
This is the last game in the West this season for Nets, who have the momentum after back to back wins against the Lakers and the Kings. Despite the fact that they have lost 3 of their last 5 games, their offense has been more of an issue, as their defense, which has been very solid all season long, is doing even better in their last 3 games ranking amongst the top 7 in the league.
The Blazers on the other side are also in great shape as they are on a 3-game winning streak (Pacers, Mavericks, Pistons) all at home. Their offense was great in their last two games despite the fact that they missed McCollum but remains inconsistent, while their defense is a bit off recently, ranking on the bottom half in defensive efficiency over their last 4games.
The Nets are the team with the higher motivation here as they have not secured their place in the playoffs yet, while they have allegedly the worst schedule than any other team that is racing for the playoffs as their remaining games are against Celtics, Sixers, Bucks(x2), Raptors, Pacers, Heat! The Blazers on the other side have a much easier schedule as they will face as many as 6 tanking teams and their only tough games will be against the Nuggets(x2).
The Nets will fight hard for this game, they have been solid against Western sides this season (13-16) while they defeated the Blazers in their last visit (last season). They have the better defense in terms of efficiency and the trick here will be to limit the damage/ control the paint against the Blazers' big guys, Nurkic-Kanter. If they manage to control the Blazers' big guys, the hosts will have trouble as they miss McCollum again and the Nets have more than enough firepower offensively to get the job done. I can only see two possible outcomes here, either a Blazers' win by 12+ points or an upset. Yet, I like the motivation for the Nets here and they can definitely upset the hosts.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets predictions
|Nets ML||Pinnacle||3.24||8||148-144 LOST (-8 units)|
Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).