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Portland Trail Blazers vs Miami Heat Odds
The Heat will try to cover the spread at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday when they get a visit from the Trail Blazers in basketball action.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Heat are 34-14 so far on the season, and 24-24 ATS vs. the number. The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, are 25-26 and 22-27-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Miami go 24-24 and the Trail Blazers go 26-25 on the totals.
For bettors going with the Heat in this one, they were listed earlier as 11-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 199 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Heat sit at No. 12 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Trail Blazers are at No. 21 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Heat will win this game 105-97.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 5-ranked offense (102.8 PPG) against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 21 at 99.3 PPG. The Heat have averaged 49.2% from the field per game, more than the Trail Blazers have managed so far this season (44.2% on average).
Defensively, the Trail Blazers feature the league's No. 19-rated defense on the road, giving up 101.7 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the league in scoring at home.
The Trail Blazers were a 110-104 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Magic. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (214) made winners of OVER bettors. The Trail Blazers wasted a 25-point performance from LaMarcus Aldridge as Orlando ran past them 110-104 on Sunday at Amway Center.
Miami won its last outing, a 107-97 result against the Lakers on February 10. The Heat covered in that game as a 9-point favorite, while the 204 combined points took the game OVER the total. LeBron James went off for 32 points and added 7 rebounds leading Miami to a 107-97 win over Los Angeles on Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing New Orleans are 4-6
After playing Orlando are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Oklahoma City are 9-1
After playing LA Lakers are 10-0
After a win are 7-3
A few Trail Blazers at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland's last 6 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami
Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Miami
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing Portland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games at home
Portland at New Orleans, Wednesday, February 13
Miami at Oklahoma City, Thursday, February 14