Portland Blazers vs Miami Heat Prediction, 3/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Miami Heat
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+1.5)
The Miami Heat (22-22) play the Portland Blazers (25-18) at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday. Portland opens this contest as 1.5-point dogs. The O/U is set at 226.
The Portland Blazers faced the Brooklyn Nets and took a loss by a score of 116-112 in their last contest. Portland ended having earned a 40.0% field goal percentage (36 of 90) and made 19 out of their 55 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Blazers buried 21 of 23 shots for a rate of 91.3%. In the matter of pulling down boards, they earned 44 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 25 dimes in this contest while forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and getting 4 steals. When discussing the defense, Portland let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the floor on 43 of 87 shooting. Brooklyn doled out 25 assists and had 5 steals for the contest. Moreover, Brooklyn pulled down 47 rebounds (10 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Brooklyn finished the game at 77.8% from the charity stripe by knocking down 21 of 27 attempts. They converted 9 out of their 30 shots from beyond the arc.
Damian Lillard is a player who was a major contributor in this matchup. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 5 of 17 shooting. He played for 37:52 mins and collected 3 rebounds. Lillard walked away from this one shooting 29.4% from the floor and also distributed 9 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Blazers was Enes Kanter. He pulled down 19 rebounds in his 39:31 minutes on the basketball court. He walked away from this one shooting 75.0% from the field for the contest by hitting 6-of-8 (19 points). At the conclusion of this game, Kanter had accumulated 6 assists.
Portland enters this game with a win-loss record of 25-18 for the campaign. They lose possession via turnover 11.4 times per contest and as a group they are committing 19.3 fouls every game. As a unit, Portland is grabbing 43.5 boards per game and has tallied 861 dimes on the season, which ranks 30th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Blazers are shooting 37.9% on shots from 3-point land (696 of 1,838) and 83.6% from the free throw line. They average 114.4 points per outing (10th in basketball) on 44.4% from the floor. On defense, the Blazers are forcing 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.6 personal fouls. The Blazers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 48.1% (548 of 799) and they surrender 46.3 boards per contest as a group. They rank 19th in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,085 surrendered for the campaign. They give up 37.6% on shots from downtown and they are 27th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (115.5).
For their last game, the Miami Heat took a loss by a final score of 110-100 when they played the Phoenix Suns. The Heat were able to collect 32 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive boards totaling 49 for this contest. They also coughed up the ball 13 times, while earning 4 steals in this matchup. The Suns committed 18 personal fouls in this contest which took the Heat to the free throw line for 17 tries. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 88.2%. In regard to shooting from distance, Miami buried 13 out of their 36 tries (36.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Heat ended up going 36 out of 86 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.9%. The Heat allowed the Suns to convert 45 out of 90 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 50.0% in this matchup. They finished shooting 32.4% from distance by shooting 12 of 37 and ended up shooting 8 of 9 from the free throw line (88.9%). In the matter of cleaning up the glass, Miami allowed Phoenix to snag 39 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Kendrick Nunn ended up having an impact for the Heat for the game. He buried 10 of 19 for this game for a field goal percentage of 52.6%, and tallied 3 rebounds. Nunn accumulated 25 points in his 35:14 mins on the hardwood and had 1 assist for this game. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Miami was Bam Adebayo. He ended up walking away with 6 assists in 32:24 mins played, and he converted 4 of 9 from the floor. Adebayo wrapped this one up going 44.4% from the field as well as earning 16 points and 8 total rebounds.
Miami has a win-loss record of 22-22 on the campaign. The Heat commit 19.1 fouls every game and they go 79.8% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 25.7 times per contest (12th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 15.1 times per game. Miami has accounted for 4,673 pts this season (106.2 per contest) and they grab 42.9 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Heat are connecting on 45.6% from the field, which is 21st in basketball. The Heat on the defensive side of the court are 4th in the league in PPG surrendered with 107.6. They have allowed 25.5 assists and 44.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 22nd and 16th in basketball. The Miami defense gives up 36.2% on 3-pointers (644 of 1,781) and their opponents are knocking down 78.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 15.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.4% from the field (2nd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Portland (+1.5)
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