Miami Heat vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, 10/26/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Miami Heat vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: ROOT Sports
Moda Center is the site where the Portland Trail Blazers will try to beat the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
The Heat faced off with the Raptors and went home with a loss by a final score of 98-90 in their last game. When talking about fouls, the Heat walked away with 15 and the Raptors accumulated 22 fouls. They buried 14 out of their 32 shots from 3-point range. Toronto ended up going 80.0% at the free throw line by burying 16 of 20 attempts. On top of that, Toronto collected 52 rebounds (10 offensive, 42 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Toronto totaled 22 dimes and had 6 steals for the game. In reference to defending, Miami allowed 39.5% from the floor on 34 out of 86 shooting. They also doled out 19 assists in this matchup while forcing 12 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Regarding pulling down boards, they collected 46 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Heat made 24 of 27 attempts for a rate of 88.9%. Miami walked away from the contest with a 34.9% FG percentage (29 out of 83) and converted 8 of 34 shots from downtown.
Jimmy Butler is one guy who was important for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 26 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He played for 34 minutes and grabbed 8 boards. Butler finished shooting 53.3% from the field and also distributed 4 assists.
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Miami steps onto the court with a record of 1-3 for the season. They are averaging 103.5 points per outing (28th in basketball) while connecting on 44.1% from the field. The Heat are shooting 33.1% on 3-point shots (39 of 118) and 85.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Miami is pulling down 43.0 rebounds per game and has 91 assists for the season, which is 8th in the NBA in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.3 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 20.8 fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Heat are able to force 13.3 turnovers every game and they draw 24.0 personal fouls. They rank 17th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 86 relinquished for the campaign. The Heat defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.3% (153 of 345) and they surrender 44.5 boards per contest as a squad. They are surrendering 39.3% on 3-point shots and they are 10th in the league in opponents PPG (108.5).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Trail Blazers got the victory with a final of 135-110 against the Nuggets. When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Portland allowed Denver to get 38 overall (10 on the offensive side). They finished 38.7% from three-point range by shooting 12 of 31 and ended up shooting 8 of 14 at the free throw line (57.1%). The Trail Blazers permitted the Nuggets to knock down 45 out of their 91 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 49.5% in this contest. When this game wrapped up, the Trail Blazers ended up going 48 for 83 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 57.8%. With respect to shots from downtown, Portland converted 16 of their 35 tries (45.7%). They were able to convert 23 of those for a clip of 74.2%. The Nuggets had 28 fouls for this contest which got the Trail Blazers to the free throw line for 31 tries. They gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while recording 3 steals in this matchup. The Trail Blazers pulled down 36 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 45 for the contest.
Damian Lillard ended up being a major contributor for the Trail Blazers for this contest. Lillard scored 31 points in his 35 mins of playing time and had 8 assists for the contest. He buried 10 out of 16 in this matchup for a rate of 62.5%, and had 6 rebounds.
Portland has a win-loss mark of 4-0 for the year. The Trail Blazers have committed 17.8 personal fouls per game while shooting 80.3% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 19.0 times per contest (29th in the league) and they are giving up possession 15.3 times per contest. Portland has accounted for 469 pts on the season (117.3 per contest) and they average 47.3 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Trail Blazers are shooting 47.5% from the field, which has them ranked 11th in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers on the defensive side of the court are 9th in the league in PPG surrendered with 108.3. They are able to force 13.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the field (18th in basketball). The Portland defense surrenders 33.3% on 3-pointers (45 of 135) and opponents are knocking down 70.3% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 28.0 assists and 40.0 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 28th and 4th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Miami
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