Both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Miami Heat are getting healthy in time for solid midseason pushes. The Blazers got a huge boost in their last outing with the return of C.J. McCollum and have won back-to-back games, whereas the Heat reclaimed sole possession of second place in the East with Bam Adebayo back in the lineup. Which team will stay hot and keep the winning flames burning after Wednesday night’s clash?
NitroBetting is ready to dish out some timely assists to our bettors all throughout the 2021-22 NBA season. This time, let’s take a look at the intriguing matchup between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Miami Heat. Find out more about the teams and the key players, event information, the latest NBA odds, and of course, helpful betting trends and expert betting predictions.
Trail Blazers vs. Heat Game Information
- When: Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: FTX Arena, Miami, FL
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: Rip City Radio 620 (Trail Blazers) / 790 AM The Ticket (Bulls)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Trail Blazers (+8.5) / Heat (-8.5)
Why Bet on the Portland Trail Blazers?
With the 98-88 win over the Orlando Magic Monday, the Portland Trail Blazers have now won two straight contests and four of their last five as they’re slowly trying to get back to a winning record.
It’s been a spirited run for Portland of late, especially considering the absence of their top star in Damien Lillard. Thankfully, reinforcements have arrived in the team’s second-best scoring option in C.J. McCollum, who returned on Monday after a collapsed lung held him out of action for 17 games. McCollum dropped 16 points as one of four Blazers starters to score in double-digits against the Magic.
It was also another terrific performance for big man Jusuf Nurkic, who had team-highs of 21 points and 22 rebounds. Nurkic has six double-double performances in his last eight starts and should remain at the crux of Portland’s offense along with McCollum until Lillard’s expected return in mid-March. The Blazers are just 14th in the league in scoring (108.7 PPG) and will need to improve their attack to make up for the fact that they also have the fifth-worst defense (112.5 PAPG).
Why Bet on the Miami Heat?
The Miami Heat are looking to end their four-game homestand this Wednesday on a high note like they did on Monday with a 104-99 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors. Miami has now won five of its last six games, which includes an earlier win in Portland over the Blazers and a 23-point rout of the league-leading Phoenix Suns.
What’s scary about the Heat right now is that they’re also getting healthier. Starting center Bam Adebayo came back from his six-week layoff rehabilitating from thumb surgery and finished with 14 points and nine boards in 31 minutes of action. Jimmy Butler had a triple-double line of 19-10-10, and Tyler Herro (team-high 20.7 PPG this season) dropped 23 points off the bench to lead all Miami players on Monday.
The Heat are allowing an average of just 104.2 points per game this season, which is good enough for fourth in the league. They’ve held three of their last five opponents to 100 points or less, with all three of those contests resulting in wins. Miami even defeated the Blazers in Portland on January 5, 115-109, and that was even with Butler sidelined due to an injury.
Trail Blazers vs. Heat Betting Trends
- The Blazers are just 3-8 in their last 11 road games (4-7 ATS), but did just win two straight road games entering Monday’s contest.
- The Blazers are 10-3 in their most recent outings against Eastern Conference teams 9-4 ATS).
- The totals went over in three of Portland’s last four road games.
- The Heat are 8-1 in their last nine home games (5-4 ATS).
- The Heat are 7-2 in their last nine outings as favorites to win; albeit just 4-5 against the spread.
- The totals went over in seven of Miami’s last 10 games in general.
Trail Blazers vs. Heat Expert Betting Prediction
Without a doubt, the Heat are favored to win their second game against the Blazers in two weeks considering their terrific track record at home and the return of Adebayo in the lineup. Then again, McCollum’s return could not be understated as well, which leaves open the possibility that Portland can hang tough enough in game number four of their six-game road swing to cover the relatively wide spread.
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