The Portland Trail Blazers look for their sixth straight win while hosting the struggling Brooklyn Nets, who have lost seven of their last ten games. The Blazers five game win streak includes a win over the Golden State Warriors and recently a home win over the Utah Jazz. The Nets have lost three straight road games and they lost their last meeting against the Blazers 104-116. According to the Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Trail Blazers 2016 NBA Odds at Bodog Basketball, the Trail Blazers are -11 point home favs over the Nets with the total at 210.5. Here is our Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Trail Blazers 2016 NBA prediction.
The Nets (15-41, 4-19 V) lost to the Charlotte Hornets 96-104. Brooklyn placed five in double figures, but nobody had more than 17. Jack Johnson led Brooklyn with 17, Brook Lopez added 16 and Thaddeus Young contributed 14. The Nets had decent showings from their frontcourt but it was a struggle outside the paint and on the perimeter. Brooklyn scored 52 points in the paint but went 9 of 34 outside of it and misfired on 17 of 22 3-pointers.
“I thought we had some stretches where we played great basketball but we also had stretches where we didn’t play so great,” Johnson said.
The Nets are 6-34 all-time when playing in Portland. Lopez scored 25 points in a 116-104 home loss to the Trail Blazers on Jan. 15; has reached 20 points in seven of the last 10 contests.
The Trail Blazers (29-27, 18-11 H) beat the Jazz 115-111. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 61 points in the win. McCollum finished with 31 points; Lillard had 30, with 12 of them coming in succession at the critical point in the third quarter. Moe Harkless came off the bench for 17 points and seven rebounds.
“I stepped back and hit one, and it felt good,” said Lillard, who was coming off a career-high, 51-point performance in the pounding of the Golden State Warriors. “I saw one go in, and then I saw another one go in. Once I see two go in, I know I can get rolling. And I was able to.”
Lillard is averaging 36.3 points over the last four games and is the first Portland player since Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler (1991) to score 30 or more points in four consecutive games. Maurice Harkless has scored in double digits in five consecutive games and is averaging 14.4 points during the span.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Portland.
Nets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
Trail Blazers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
The Bottom Line: the Blazers are the surprise of the West and playing at home installs confidence, which they have a ton of.