NBA Predictions: Trail Blazers vs. Heat to Fall Under Betting Total? 12/13/17

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 15, 2017

The Trail Blazers come in on a high note after topping the Miami Heat in their last contest, 102-95. "Towards, I think, the beginning of the fourth quarter and kind of the rest of the fourth quarter we just didn't play with any effort". "CJ can go out there and have a huge game, I can go out there and have a huge game and go steal one from somebody, go out there and get 40 or 50 and carry your team to a win".

"You're not guaranteed when you get up that you're going to stay up", Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said following the loss.

The Trail Blazers have been outscored by an average of 5.6 points in their last five games. "We came out after halftime with that confidence and said, 'Let's chip away, chip away'".

- The Heat entered 5-6 at home. Dion Waiters added 17 points for the Heat, who were hurt by three missed free throws down the stretch. "We played about 43 minutes of Miami Heat basketball. It will be good to see him when we get back (from the road trip)". "But we've got to prove it".

Early on, the Heat had the advantage as Ellington went 5-for-5 on first-quarter three-pointers.

Both teams were short-handed.

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Miami was also without center Hassan Whiteside for a seventh consecutive games because of a bone bruise in his left knee. In a season-high 26 minutes, Davis had 11 points, one off his season high, and five rebounds.

- By the second half, the wing options were decidedly limited, with James Johnson playing as a primary facilitator.

"When you make some shots in the first half, they're going to stick to you more in the second half", he said.

Miami's Kelly Olynyk had a slight edge in the matchup of former Gonzaga centers. Evan Fournier missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle, Aaron Gordon missed his third with a concussion, Arron Afflalo sat with back spasms while Terrence Ross (knee), and rookie Jonathan Issac (sprained right ankle).

While the extent of the injury remains unknown, the Heat's official Twitter account has announced that Winslow is slated to be re-evaluated on Thursday. Spoelstra said Whiteside is working out and feeling better, but he's not ready to return to practice.

- The Heat's lack of a backup point guard became a factor when Dragic was called for his second foul 8:32 to play in opening period. Miami beat the Hornets earlier this week. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Orlando, 3-8-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

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