Portland vs Brooklyn: prediction for the NBA match
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland recorded an unexpected victory in the previous match, beating Sacramento (103:88) at home. Blazers played this game without Damian Lillard and still managed to get the win. Dame will be unavailable until the end of January due to health issues. Anfernee Simons is now the leader of the team. He put up a wonderful performance against the Kings, scoring 31 points, three rebounds and six assists.
Portland's form is far from perfect now, they need to improve their performance somehow, because the first half of the season is coming to an end and team has only 15 victories so far. They are currently at the 11th spot of the Western conference so far.
Brooklyn finally managed to record a victory, but it was not an easy one for the Nets. They had to play overtime in the match against San Antonio. But eventually Nets edged a victory over Spurs (121:119). It is just a second victory in space of one and a half weeks for the club.
Despite all their struggles, Steve Nash's men are currently 2nd in the East. They have 25 victories, one less than Chicago. Will team be able to get out of crisis soon enough?
In 3 out of 4 most recent away matches Nets managed to win the first quarter
Nets managed to beat that total in each of three most recent away matches
Portland's numbers on the offense significantly dropped recently. In each of two most recent matches Trail Blazers failed to score more than 103 points. We are not expecting a better performance this time, they are struggling to score without Damian Lillard.
Billups' men are unlikely to put up a high-scoring performance.
Our prediction - Portland: individual total under 108 points
Prediction: Portland: total under 108 points
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Kyrie Irving will probably be in the line-up for this match, this player is available for away games, so Nets will be even stronger. In this case, it won't be easy to stop Brooklyn.
Our second bet - Handicap (-8,5) points on Brooklyn Nets