NBA Picks: Trailblazers Winning Streak Still Going Strong Over Nets

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 4:05 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 4:05 PM GMT

The Nets have had a number of losses over their last six games while the Trail Blazers have won 10 of their last 11. Let’s review the NBA odds and determine our NBA picks tonight.

Brooklyn Nets (15-41 SU, 27-29 ATS)
If their recent pattern holds true the Nets should walk away with a win in Portland tonight but the double digit NBA odds boards favoring their hosts suggest otherwise. The Nets have alternated wins and losses over their past six contests with their latest outing resulting in a 104-96 loss to the Hornets in Brooklyn. It also proved to be a blown cover for all those who included the Nets in their NBA Picks as Brooklyn was installed as seven-point home underdogs. Wayne Ellington’s three-point bucket with time winding down just made the ATS loss a bit more frustrating as it cut the lead to eight which was still one point too many.

The Nets must now take to the highway for a nine-game road trip that begins tonight in Portland. It has been a season of frustration and futility for the boys from Brooklyn and perhaps the most agonizing aspect of their horrendous season is that their poor performance and abysmal record will not bear fruit for them in the form of a lottery draft pick. That coveted selection belongs to the Boston Celtics who acquired it in a deal made three years ago for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. It is just another in a series of bad moves and ineptitude from the Brooklyn management.

 

Portland Trail Blazers (29-27 SU, 32-34 ATS)
At one point in the first half of Portland’s Sunday night showdown with the Utah Jazz the team found themselves trailing by 13 points and getting swamped defensively. But an offensive surge closed the gap to five at halftime. That momentum carried over into the second half where the Trail Blazers outscored their guests by nine in the final two quarters to take a 115-111 victory and covered the 3 ½ point impost by a whisker. C.J. McCollum led all scorers with 31 but backcourt mate Damian Lillard was right behind netting 30 points of his own. The Trail Blazers outrebounded the Jazz 48-38 and shot 43.3 percent from the floor.

Damian Lillard has been on fire for the Blazers. He is the first player in NBA history to connect on over 150 three-pointers in his first four seasons. He is also the first member of the Portland Trailblazers to score at least 30 points in four straight games since Clyde “The Glide” Drexler did it way back in 1991. Since the winning streak began back on January 23rd the Blazers have allowed less than 100 points per game which is below their season long 102.1 points allowed per game placing them 17th in the league.

 

Betting Analysis
These clubs have met only once this season with Portland coming out on top 116-104 back on January 15th in Brooklyn as four-point road chalk. The Trailblazers are also 4-1 straight up and ATS over the last five meetings. However Portland has only been installed as double digit favorites once this season and that was on January 23rd when they defeated the Lakers 121-103 at home. Outside of that this is not an elite team, ala Golden State, that crushes the competition night in and night out. Yet it is hard to argue against their recent surge which has seen them win 10 of their last 11 games and cover in nine of those outings.

While I believe 11 ½ points may be a bit much to ask of any team other than those that stand atop the NBA mountain (Warriors, Cavaliers, Spurs and Thunder) it is the way this team has gelled recently that allows me to make this leap of faith against a Nets team that is just about as bad as there is right now. One team is dazzling while the other remains a disaster. Be sure to check out our top valued picks for tonight's game.

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NBA Pick: Portland Trail Blazers -11 ½
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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