Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions, Odds, Picks
- The Portland Trail Blazers are on a two-game losing streak, but look to take 11th in the West.
- The Brooklyn Nets are coming off of a heartbreaking loss in their last game.
- The Trail Blazers won their first meeting with the Nets this season, 114-108.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets Odds
Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions and Picks
The Portland Trail Blazers are just treading water in the West, but new arrivals Josh Hart and Drew Eubanks have been productive since they’ve arrived. However filled with veterans and fighting for a top six spot, the Nets should come out with a victory.
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Head-to-Head: Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets
|Portland Trail Blazers||Head-to-Head||Brooklyn Nets |
|Chauncey Billups||Head Coach||Steve Nash|
|26-42 (12th in West)||Standing||36-34 (8th in East)|
|108.7 (25th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.8 (11th of 30)|
|115.5 (29th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.6 (21st of 30)|
|98.4 (15th of 30)||Pace||98.9 (11th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Lillard (24.0)||PPG||K. Durant (29.2)|
|J. Nurkic (11.1)||RPG||A. Drummond (9.6)|
|D. Lillard (7.3)||APG||K. Durant (6.0)|
|K. Dunn (1.5)||SPG||K. Irving (1.4)|
|N. Little (0.9)||BPG||N. Claxton (1.1)|
|D. Eubanks (.609)/D. Lillard (7.7)||FG%/FGM||N. Claxton (.644)/K. Durant (10.5)|
|A. Simons (.405)/A. Simons (3.1)||3P%/3PM||S. Curry (.452)/K. Irving (3.2)|
|Didi Louzada||Portland Trail Blazers||25 Jan 2022||Out (Knee)||Louzada is dealing with a torn meniscus. There is no timetable for his return.|
|Joe Ingles||Portland Trail Blazers||31 Jan 2022||Out (Knee)||Ingles suffered a torn ACL and his out for the season.|
|Nassir Little||Portland Trail Blazers||31 Jan 2022||Out (Shoulder)||Little will undergo shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the season.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||Portland Trail Blazers||23 Feb 2022||Out (Foot)||Nurkic will miss at least four weeks.|
|Eric Bledsoe||Portland Trail Blazers||26 Feb 2022||Out (Achilles)||Bledsoe is dealing with a left achilles injury and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers||27 Feb 2022||Out (Abdominal)||Lillard will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.|
|Anfernee Simons||Portland Trail Blazers||11 Mar 2022||Out (Knee)||Simons will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.|
|Ben Simmons||Brooklyn Nets||26 Feb 2022||Out (Back)||There is no timetable for Simmons’ return.|
|Joe Harris||Brooklyn Nets||3 Mar 2022||Out (Ankle)||Harris will miss the remainder of the season as he recovers from ankle surgery.|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||Brooklyn Nets||12 Mar 2022||Out (Hip)||Aldridge will miss at least one more week.|
|Seth Curry||Brooklyn Nets||16 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Ankle)||Curry did not play in Brooklyn’s Wednesday (Mar 16) game.|
|Kyrie Irving||Brooklyn Nets||16 Mar 2022||Out (Ineligible)||Irving was OUT for Brooklyn’s Wednesday (Mar 16) game.|
How can the Trail Blazers beat the Nets?
The Portland Trail Blazers won’t get any rest when they take on the Brooklyn Nets. While Kyrie Irving won’t be able to play, the Trail Blazers will still need to control the tempo in order to find victory.
In losses the Brooklyn Nets’ pace is higher by plus-2.4 field goal attempts while also converting on 4.4 fewer field goals. When the Nets rush their offence, they are much less effective.
Portland have one of the more middling paces in the NBA, but without their star scorers in the lineup they’ll need to do even more in order to find easy opportunities. In terms of sheer athleticism, the Trail Blazers have the edge.
Trail Blazers Key Player: (G-F) Josh Hart
“Whatever I do on that court, it isn’t about myself. It’s about the team and winning.”
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 17, 2022
When the Portland Trail Blazers acquired Josh Hart at the trade deadline, he wasn’t thought to be a central piece to their future. However, in recent games, Hart has shown that his versatility can be key to any Trail Blazers lineup.
In his last game, a loss to the New York Knicks, Hart posted 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists on 6 of 15 shooting from the field.
Taking a more central role in the Portland offense, Hart has the opportunity to raise his game to a higher level. If he can find some consistency with his three-point shooting, the Trail Blazers could have a real gem on their hands.
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How can the Nets beat the Trail Blazers?
The Brooklyn Nets suffered a heartbreaking loss in their last match against the Dallas Mavericks. Despite it being a buzzer-beating effort, Brooklyn’s two-way play still needs a lot of work in order to be competitive with the best.
The Portland Trail Blazers are in the bottom third of the league in offensive and defensive efficiency, and don’t really excel from any position on the court. The Nets will need be on point with their mid-range game, as their better offensive players are sure to see multiple defenders.
Ranked 30th and 29th in the NBA in three-point and two-point field goal percentage allowed, the Trail Blazers don’t expect to present much of a defensive threat. Should the Nets find a win, it’ll likely be through pragmatic ball movement and finishing.
Nets Key Player: (G) Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic with a special delivery to Nic Claxton!
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— NBA (@NBA) March 17, 2022
The Brooklyn Nets acquired Goran Dragic late in the season and is coming off of his best game in a Nets uniform. While the veteran is still getting used to his new team, he showed that his offensive prowess is always a threat.
In his last game, a loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Dragic posted 21 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. He was a plus-3 on the night, mostly due to his 9 of 16 shooting night from the field.
Once Dragic finds his rhythm from three-point range, shooting just 28.6% from three in 10 games with the Nets, Brooklyn’s opponents will have another troublesome weapon on their hands.
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How to Watch Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets
|Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets Information|
|Who||Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets|
|Where||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York|
|When||7:30 PM EST, March 18th, 2022|
|How to Watch||YES Network, ROOT SPORTS, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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