Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Portland Trail Blazers can lock up the eighth seed with a win over the Brooklyn Nets.
- The depleted Brooklyn Nets are an impressive 5-2 through the NBA’s resumed schedule.
- Damian Lillard is coming off of a 61 point performance against Dallas.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Portland Trail Blazers||-9 -110||O 237 -108||-420|
|Brooklyn Nets||+9 -110||U 237 -113||+325|
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Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions and Picks
It seems like Dame Time is anytime Lillard is on the court these days. The depleted Nets have looked great in the bubble, but the freight train that is the Portland Trail Blazers don’t look stoppable. The Blazers’ scoring output has been immense, but Brooklyn doesn’t look adept enough offensively to ensure the over.
Portland Trail Blazers def. Brooklyn Nets -420
Under 237 ( -113)
How to Watch Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets
|Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets Information|
|What||Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets|
|Where||AdventHealth Arena, Orlando, FL|
|When||Thursday, August 13th, 2020; 9:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||TNT, NBC Sports NorthWest, YES, NBA League Pass (Stream); Rip City Radio 620, WFAN|
Head-to-Head: Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets
|Portland Trail Blazers||Head-to-Head||Brooklyn Nets|
|Terry Stotts||Head Coach||Jacque Vaughan|
|34-39 (8th in West, 15th Overall)||Standing||35-36 (7th in East, 14th Overall)|
|113.5 (4th of 30)||Off Rtg||108.7 (22nd of 30)|
|114.6 (27th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.2 (9th of 30)|
|100.7 (13th of 30)||Pace||101.4 (10th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Lillard (29.8)||PPG||K. Irving (27.4)|
|H. Whiteside (13.6)||RPG||D. Jordan (10.0)|
|D. Lillard (8.0)||APG||S. Dinwiddie (6.8)|
|T. Ariza (1.6)||SPG||K. Irving (1.4)|
|H. Whiteside (2.9)||BPG||J. Allen (1.3)|
|H. Whiteside (.619)/D. Lillard (9.4)||FG%/FGM||D. Hall (.778)/K. Irving (10.0)|
|R. Hood (.493)/D. Lillard (4.0)||3P%/3PM||J. Harris (.425)/K. Irving (2.8)|
Win on the Glass
The Portland Trail Blazers have put the league on notice with their play in the bubble. They’ve taken sole possession of the eighth seed in the Western Conference, and a victory over the Nets in their last game would secure it.
While their offense is terrific, the Blazers will need a focused effort on the boards if they hope to take down the Nets. If there’s one thing that Brooklyn has, it’s that they work hard. Second, in the league in rebounding, the Nets can be formidable.
The Blazers aren’t weak on the glass, ranking tenth in the league, but they really only seek to rebound from their frontcourt. With big wing players and a deep rotation, Portland will need their guards to grab their fair share of rebounds if they want to put this game to rest.
Can Brooklyn Find Some Surprise Contributors?
The odds are certainly stacked against the Brooklyn Nets. Coming into the bubble they’d already been missing their main pieces, but as the summer dragged on Brooklyn seemed to lose a player after player to injury, illness, or refusal to play.
The Nets need some surprise contributors in this game, much like they had in their last match – a win over the Orlando Magic. While Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot starred, the likes of Donta Hall, Jeremiah Martin, and Lance Thomas came off the bench to help seal the game. Brooklyn’s reserves accounted for 63 of the team’s 108 points.
Head coach Jacque Vaughan will try to help Justin Anderson and Rodions Kurucs find some rhythm. Both are capable shooters and rebounders but combined to shoot just two of 19 from the field in their victory over Orlando. 5-2 in the bubble, the Nets’ have proven they can upset even the toughest teams. Portland can’t look past them.
Trail Blazers Key Player: (G) CJ McCollum
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) August 12, 2020
Few knew that CJ McCollum was playing with a slight fracture in his back, which makes his performances in the bubble all the more impressive. It’s a dangerous game he’s playing, but they’ll need him to help secure eighth for them against the Nets.
Through the resumed NBA schedule, McCollum has been his usual scoring self. He’s averaging 19.4 points per game on 43.1% from the field and 41.7% from three. In their recent loss to the Mavericks McCollum struggled. Dallas’ collection of wing defenders held him to eight points on 14.3% shooting from the field.
It’s simple for McCollum, when he is scoring the Blazers are in a good place. Lillard made up the difference for him in their last match by scoring 61, but McCollum needs to be engaged to ensure victory.
Nets Key Player: (G) Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
📼 | TLC played the hits today pic.twitter.com/Df8d3OHhe4
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 12, 2020
To put it simply, Luwawu-Cabarrot, or TLC as he’s more simply known, can get hot from the field. Despite bouncing around the league, a fourth-year player is certainly a valuable option for a Brooklyn team likely to, once again, be more liberal with their minute distribution.
Luwawu-Cabarrot is averaging 14.1 points and four rebounds in the bubble while shooting a scorching 42.9% from three-point range.
His play won’t just be needed against the Blazers but in their eventual first-round series against the Toronto Raptors. TLC is a valuable three-and-D player, who will see plenty of time guarding Lillard and McCollum in their final game of the season.
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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.