Miami Heat vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 4/11/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Portland Blazers
Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+2)
Moda Center is the venue where and the Portland Blazers (30-21) will play the Miami Heat (27-25) on Sunday. The odds on this contest have Portland as 2-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 223.
The Miami Heat took the court against the Los Angeles Lakers and earned the victory with a final of 110-104 in their last contest. Miami ended having earned a 47.9% FG percentage (34 of 71) and knocked down 10 out of their 25 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Heat knocked down 32 of 40 attempts for a rate of 80.0%. In relation to hauling in rebounds, they collected 38 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 22 dimes in the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 22 turnovers and getting 12 steals. With regard to defense, Miami allowed the other team to shoot 44.3% from the floor on 35 of 79 shooting. Los Angeles recorded 26 dimes and had 9 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Los Angeles snagged 40 boards (10 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 8 blocks. Los Angeles went 88.0% from the free throw line by converting 22 of their 25 attempts. They also made 12 out of their 35 attempts from beyond the arc.
Jimmy Butler is one guy who was a contributor for this contest. He ended up walking away with 28 points on 8 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 35:38 minutes played and also snagged 7 rebounds. Butler shot 72.7% from the floor and also recorded 5 dimes. Another guy that was a major factor in this game for the Heat was Victor Oladipo. He pulled down 4 rebounds in his 25:24 minutes on the court. He finished the game at 62.5% from the field in this game via 5-of-8 (18 points). When the final whistle blew, Oladipo totaled 2 assists.
Miami enters this contest with a record of 27-25 this season. They turn it over 14.8 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.0 fouls per contest. As a team, Miami is snagging 42.4 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 1,356 assists for the campaign, which ranks 7th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Heat are hitting 34.7% on three-point shots (653 of 1,884) and 78.8% from the free throw line. They average 106.6 points per outing (26th in the league) while going 46.1% from the field. Defensively, the Heat are forcing 15.3 turnovers per game while drawing 20.1 personal fouls. They currently rank 23rd in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,320 conceded for the year. The Heat defense is allowing a FG percentage of 44.7% (793 of 1,047) and they surrender 43.9 boards per contest as a unit. They give up 36.3% from beyond the arc while they are 4th in the league in PPG allowed (107.4).
When they last stepped on the court, the Portland Blazers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 122-103 against the Utah Jazz. The Blazers corralled 32 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 41 for the matchup. They also turned the ball over 6 times, while recording 3 steals in this matchup. The Jazz had 15 fouls in the matchup which took the Blazers to the free throw line for a total of 18 shots. They were able to bury 14 of the free throws for a percentage of 77.8%. Pertaining to three-point attempts, Portland buried 13 of their 48 tries (27.1%). Overall, the Blazers shot 38 out of 96 from the field which gave them a rate of 39.6%. The Blazers permitted the Jazz to convert 43 of their 95 attempts from the field which had them shooting 45.3% in this matchup. They finished 28.6% from three-point range by going 12 out of 42 and finished the contest at 24 out of 27 at the free throw line (88.9%). When it comes to rebounding, Portland permitted Utah to grab 58 in total (14 offensive).
Damian Lillard pitched in for the Blazers for this game. He knocked down 8 of 21 for this game for a rate of 38.1%, and had 5 rebounds. Lillard racked up 23 points in his 33:58 minutes on the hardwood and had 6 dimes in this contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Portland was CJ McCollum. He wrapped the game up with 2 dimes in 34:38 mins on the court, and he put in 8 out of 21 from the floor. McCollum walked away from this one going 38.1% from the field in addition to totaling 19 points and 3 rebounds.
Portland has a mark of 30-21 on the season. As an offensive team, the Blazers are hitting on 44.5% from the field, which ranks them 27th in basketball. Portland has 5,864 pts on the year (115.0 per contest) and they average 43.8 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 20.3 times per game (30th in the league) and they turn the ball over 11.2 times per contest. The Blazers commit 19.4 fouls every game and they hit 83.2% from the charity stripe. The Blazers on defense are ranked 27th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 115.3. They are forcing their opponents into 12.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 47.9% from the field (28th in the league). The Portland defense allows 37.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (661 of 1,780) and their opponents are making 77.8% of their foul shots. They have given up 25.1 dimes and 46.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 19th and 22nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland (-2)
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