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Trail Blazers Heat Betting Preview

The Miami Heat will finally return to action on Thursday night with an NBA betting matchup on the road against the Trail Blazers.

The smoking hot Heat haven't played in a week spanning the All-Star break and are small road favorites against Portland.

The Blazers are 6-2 ATS in their past 8 games against Miami and the OVER has been a great bet with 7 of the past 9 meetings climbing over the NBA total.

The Trail Blazers currently sport a record of 18-17, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 18-17 ATS. The Heat are 27-7 and 18-16 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Trail Blazers post a 16-19 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Heat have gone 16-17-1 against the number.

View Miami vs Portland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Trail Blazers as 4.5-point underdogs in this matchup at TopBet, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 196 at shops such as Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 4-rated Heat taking on the No. 9-rated Trail Blazers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 107-102 win for the Heat on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Portland's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 98.3 PPG, against a Heat defense that ranks No. 14 at 94.4 PPG. The Trail Blazers field goal percentage has averaged 44.6% so far, less than the Heat shooters have achieved on the year, 48.8% per game.

Defensively, the Heat feature the league's No. 18-rated defense on the road, allowing 96.8 points per game. Portland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the league in scoring at home.

The Heat were a 102-88 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Knicks. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites, while the total score (190) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Heat got a 25-point performance from Chris Bosh as Miami ran past New York 102-88 on Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

In their last action, Portland was a 104-95 loser on the road against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (199) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Portland got 21 points from Jamal Crawford but lost anyway 104-95 against the Nuggets on Wednesday at Pepsi Center.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing New York are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Denver are 3-7
After a loss are 8-2


A few Heat at Trail Blazers trends to consider:
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami'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 6 of Portland's last 8 games when playing at home against Miami
Portland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Miami
Portland is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next up:
Miami at Utah, Friday, March 2
Portland home to Minnesota, Saturday, March 3