The Blazers and the Heat meet this Thursday in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers have split their last 8 games. They’re averaging 114.4 points on 44.4% shooting while allowing 115.5 points on 48.1% shooting. Damian Lillard is leading the team with averages of 30.1 points and 7.7 assists per night. CJ McCollum is averaging 23.8 points and Gary Trent is adding 15 points per game. Enes Kanter is averaging a double-double with 12.1 points and 11.6 rebounds.
As a team, the Blazers are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game and shooting 37% from the deep.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat will be looking to snap their four-game losing streak. They’re averaging 106.2 points on 45.6% shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 44.4% shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.3 points and 7.3 assists while Bam Adebayo is averaging 19.2 points and 9.5 rebounds. Tyler Herro is averaging 15.1 points and Goran Dragic is adding 13.9 points and 4.9 assists.
As a team, the Heat are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game and shooting 34% from the deep.
It’s hard to predict this game knowing the Heat are in a lot of trade talks, so there’s a good chance they’ll be without some players with them going to another team. However, the Trail Blazers are still banged up, are hit or miss overall and are losing their last five games by an average of 5.8 points while shooting 42.8 percent from the field. They are an unpredictable and weird team to figure out. Nevertheless, I will back Portland.