With the 2015-16 NBA Regular season now on its way in the 2nd half or the season, so tonight this Tuesday the 23rd of February 2016 we have the 15-41 Brooklyn Nets (14th Eastern Conference) playing at the 29-27 Portland Trail Blazers (7th Western Conference) with the game being played at the Moda Center at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon with the tip-off scheduled for 10:10 PM ET and seen on NBA TV.
If you are one to Bet on NBA the early odds for this game have the favorites as the Portland Trail Blazers at -11 ½ with the Over/under at 210 ½ and -800 on the Money Line, while the Brooklyn Nets are listed as big underdogs at +11 ½ and +600 on the Money Line.
With the Trail Blazers having a present winning streak of 5 games tonight they will seek to make it 6 in a row as they host the Nets at their Moda Center in Portland. These teams played earlier this season and the Blazers won the game 116-104.
The 15-41 Brooklyn Nets are beginning their longest road game schedule of 9 games that starts tonight in Oregon where the Trail Blazers are anxious to host them tonight. The Nets come to Oregon after a loss to the Hornets this past Sunday 104-98 and are anxious to get back in the win column.
Yes, in their ultimate 10 games they lost seven and that the 4 worst presently in the league. However, they feel good coming into this game as in their ultimate 5 games their offense has averages some 101 points. The Nets scoring has been led by their trio of T. Young, B. Lopez and J. Johnson, and Lopez has been the leader averaging a team high 20.4 points in their 56 games and 8.4 rebounds each game, and in their previous game with the Blazers, Loped scored 26 points and had 8 rebound in the 15th of January 2016 game.
The other 2 in Johnson and Young this season have a combined average per game of 5.8 assists, 12.8 rebounds and 26.7 combined points and they along with Lopez will seek to get through the Trail Blazers defense that has allowed opponents some 102.4 points this season to date.
Defensively Brooklyn will have a difficult time slowing down the league’s best duo in the backcourt of C. McCollum and D. Lillard who combined are scoring 45.8 points, while the team is allowing opponents in the road games to score some 104.2 points each game to date. The Nets in their last 10 games on the road went 3-7 straight up.
Meanwhile the 29-27 Portland Trail Blazers are feeling good after their recent 5 game win streak which just happens to be this seasons longest for Portland. Thankfully in that win streak the team has averaged some 115.4 points each game, with D. Lillard and C. McCollum doing the most of the scoring, as Lillard has averaged this season some 7.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 26 points, and in their ultimate 4 games he has scored at least 30 points, and that we must admit includes their win this past Friday night over the Warriors when he scored 51 impressive points.
Also McCollum has continued to perform as one of the most dangerous scorers in the league as he is 2nd in team scoring shooting a 40.2 percent from outside, and averaging some 21 points each game. Should the duo of McCollum and Lillard struggle in scoring tonight up against the Nets, then Portland could struggle if they have to go to their bench which also has struggled and is only averaging 13.2 point each game thus far. If that takes place then the Blazers will look to A. Crabbe and M. Leonard to lead the bench squad since they each are averaging at least 9 points each game. The Trail Blazers in their ultimate 10 home games have 8 wins and 2 losses straight up.
The online gambling prediction for this game between Portland and the Brooklyn will see the Trail Blazers overpower the Nets, cover the spread and win the game 113-100.