Date/Time: January 10th, 10:30 pm EST
Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Miami -3.5
NBA Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
- Miami is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Portland
- Miami is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Portland
- Miami is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Portland
Portland Trail Blazers
- Portland is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Miami
- Portland is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Miami
- Portland is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Miami
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland’s last 5 games when playing at home against Miami
NBA – January 10th
The Miami Heat will begin their second West Coast swing of the year in NBA betting action on Thursday night when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
For as great as Miami is this year, we do have to remember that this is a .500 team on the road. The club was crushed by the Indiana Pacers by an 87-77 final two nights ago before coming out to the West Coast, and that really doesn’t bode well for the rest of this trip against some tough teams in some very difficult locations to play. The offensive performance was dreadful at best, and that’s why F LeBron James and company figure to get a better effort in this one. As always, the stats for the three monsters that the Heat employ are out of this world. F LeBron James is averaging 26.4 points, 8.3 boards, 6.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game, and once again, he really should be the league’s MVP. G Dwyane Wade has gotten his scoring groove going, and he’s up to 20.8 points per game, while C Chris Bosh, though lacking on the glass a bit at 7.6 rebounds per game, is putting up 17.7 points per game offensively.
Portland hasn’t lost at home in over a month, and it is now almost quietly 12-4 SU and 8-7-1 ATS at the Rose Garden this year. The team is back in the thick of the playoff fight right now in the Western Conference, and there is a good chance that this could keep up for the rest of the year as well. F LaMarcus Aldridge has been battling a wrist injury that has kept him out of practice, but he is expected to give it a go in this one. It’s a good thing too, because he’s the team’s leading scorer at 20.6 points per game. G Damian Lillard has been outstanding in this, his rookie season, averaging 18.2 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.4 boards per game, and he is only getting better as time goes on. There are five players on this team that are averaging at least 12.5 points per game, though none beyond that that are good for more than 4.7 points per game. Expect to see C JJ Hickson put forth a good effort in this one. He’s averaging 11.0 rebounds per game, and he should have a dominating day on the boards against a weak Miami rebounding unit.
The Heat just aren’t all that great defensively, nor are they all that great rebounding the basketball, and what they’re finding is that it is a heck of a lot harder to shoot the ball from the outside when you’re playing on the road than when you’re at home. When that turns out to be the case, big men are cleaning up on the glass. Look for Hickson to have a 20/20 game tonight, and he’ll lead the Blazers to an upset. Portland 103 – Miami 100
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