NBA Picks: Nets vs. Trail Blazers

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:23 PM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013 12:23 PM GMT

The Brooklyn Nets could tie a franchise record for road wins with a victory Wednesday night, but they haven’t enjoyed much success against the Portland Trail Blazers in the Pacific Northwest.


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this non-conference affair at the Rose Garden, with the opening tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Quite a trip

Brooklyn is 3-1 on its current eight-game road trip, which includes a 102-100 victory over the Phoenix Suns as six-point favorites Sunday, while going OVER the total for a seventh consecutive contest.

The Nets are 19-15 away from the Barclays Center, as they try to finish with a .500-or-better record on the road for the first time in franchise history.  

Desperate times

Portland sits 11th in the current Western Conference standings. They trail the Los Angeles Lakers by 2.5 games for the eighth and final spot in the upcoming NBA playoffs.  

The Trail Blazers are 7-6 straight up (SU) and 8-4-1 against the spread (ATS) in March, with the OVER going 7-6 in that span.

Johnson’s important in this matchup

Joe Johnson has averaged 21.1 points in 25 career games versus the Trail Blazers, which is tied for his highest scoring average against one NBA team with the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Nets shooting guard is currently listed as doubtful on the injury report to miss his second consecutive game with a quad injury, while forward Gerald Wallace is questionable (foot).

Bad situation

Sports betting trends are often overrated in pro basketball, but it’s still important to note that Portland is 7-18-1 ATS in its last 26 home games following a road trip of seven or more days.

The Trail Blazers could definitely buck that trend in this particular spot, considering they’ve won eight of their last nine home games against the Nets, including the last four by an average of 9.8 points.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Trail Blazers as one of their NBA betting picks Wednesday, as they’ve gone 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games versus Eastern Conference foes, while the Nets are just 12-12 ATS in the second half of the 2012-13 campaign thus far.

NBA Pick: Portland Trail Blazers -1.5 at BetOnline

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