Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 3/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Blazers
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (+1)
Moda Center is the site where and the Portland Blazers (25-17) will take on the Brooklyn Nets (29-14) on Tuesday. Portland opens this contest as 1-point favorites. The total is set at 236.5.
The Brooklyn Nets stepped onto the hardwood against the Washington Wizards and notched a win by a score of 113-106 in their last game. Brooklyn ended the game having earned a 48.9% FG percentage (44 out of 90) and knocked down 9 of their 29 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Nets buried 16 of their 22 shots for a rate of 72.7%. With regard to pulling down boards, they compiled 35 with 10 of them being offensive. They also distributed 24 dimes in this contest in addition to creating 19 turnovers and having 11 steals. Concerning defending, Brooklyn allowed their opponent to shoot 53.2% from the field on 42 of 79 shooting. Washington earned 24 assists and had 5 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Washington pulled down 43 rebounds (10 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 8 blocked shots. Washington finished the game at 78.9% from the charity stripe by burying 15 of 19 shots. They converted 7 out of their 21 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Kyrie Irving is a player who was a major factor for the matchup. He totaled 28 points on 10 of 25 shooting. He played for 34:34 minutes and totaled 7 rebounds. Irving finished the game shooting 40.0% from the floor and earned 6 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Nets was James Harden. He totaled 5 rebounds in his 39:05 minutes on the basketball court. He ended up going 43.5% from the field in the game by shooting 10-of-23 (26 points). When the game finished, Harden collected 8 assists.
Brooklyn will take the court with a mark of 29-14 on the campaign. The Nets are connecting on 39.9% on shots from beyond the arc (632 of 1,585) and 79.7% from the charity stripe. They average 120.2 pts per contest (1st in basketball) while hitting 50.0% from the field. They cough up possession 14.1 times per game and as a group they commit 19.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Brooklyn is pulling in 43.8 boards per game and is sitting with 1,150 assists for the campaign, which is 2nd in the league in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Nets are able to force 12.7 turnovers per game and they draw 18.8 fouls. They give up 36.5% on 3-point shots while they are 26th in the NBA in points per game allowed (115.2). The Nets defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.7% (548 of 808) and they relinquish 42.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They currently rank 21st in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,062 surrendered for the year.
For their last game, the Portland Blazers took a loss by a score of 132-92 against the Dallas Mavericks. The Blazers pulled down 24 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 in the game. They turned the ball over 6 times, while getting 7 steals in the game. The Mavericks were called for 17 personal fouls in the game which took the Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to convert 15 of the free throw tries for a rate of 78.9%. When talking about shooting from distance, Portland knocked down 9 out of 41 attempts (22.0%). When all was said and done, the Blazers ended up going 34 for 89 from the field which had them shooting 38.2%. The Blazers allowed the Mavericks to make 48 of their 86 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 55.8% for this game. They went 51.4% from 3-point land by connecting on 19 out of 37 and finished the contest at 17 of 20 from the charity stripe (85.0%). In regard to team rebounding, Portland allowed Dallas to collect 52 in total (8 offensive).
Damian Lillard ended up being a factor for the Blazers in the game. He buried 7 out of 16 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 43.8%, and had 1 rebound. Lillard racked up 19 points in his 29:36 mins on the hardwood and tallied 4 assists in the matchup. Another guy who was a determining factor for Portland was CJ McCollum. He wrapped the game up with 1 assist in 23:58 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 6 out of 15 from the floor. McCollum walked away from this one going 40.0% from the floor in addition to earning 13 points and 2 rebounds.
Portland has a win-loss mark of 25-17 so far this season. The Blazers have committed 19.3 personal fouls per game and they shoot 83.4% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 19.9 times per contest (30th in basketball) and they are turning it over 11.5 times per game. Portland has accumulated 4,808 points on the campaign (114.5 per game) and they pull in 43.5 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Blazers are hitting on 44.5% from the field, which ranks 26th in basketball. The Blazers are ranked 27th in the league in points per game surrendered with 115.5. The Portland defense allows 37.8% from downtown (553 of 1,464) and their opponents are converting on 77.7% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 25.2 assists and 46.2 rebounds per game, which is ranked 20th and 24th in the NBA. They are able to force 12.8 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (28th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (-1)
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