Portland Trail Blazers 1.47, Miami Heat 2.75 (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 03.05 GMT)
The Miami Heat aren’t used to back-to-back losses. They’ll have to pull out all the stops on Saturday to avoid a second successive slip.
The NBA champions travel to the Portland Trail Blazers, fresh from a shocking loss in Sacramento on Friday when the bottom-of-the-West Kings rallied from 17 down to claim victory.
In mitigation, Miami were without the rested Dwyane Wade and the banged-up Chris Anderson and Ray Allen. And while the former should return, the Heat may have to do without LeBron James who picked up a groin strain.
The reigning MVP is averaging 25.4 points and 6.9 rebounds and significantly, he is involved in 21% of Miami’s possessions. But statistically, his pairing with Wade on the floor is distinctly average when looking at two-man line-ups, with the All Stars producing an offensive rate of 108.8 points per 100 possessions and conceding 100.3. And in looking at the differential of the duo, it’s clear the Heat would miss James more than Wade.
Portland, with a 12-2 record at home, would be a test even for a full-strength Miami team but they’ll hope to capitalise on any defensive slippage. And with the Heat conceding 103 points or more in three of their last four, it could see the hosts – and Damian Lillard in particular – make hay.
Memphis Grizzlies 1.67, Denver Nuggets 2.25 (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT)
After five successive losses, the Denver Nuggets are going nowhere fast, averaging just 90.6 points in their current slump, almost ten below their average on the season. They’ll hope for a break tonight on the road at the Memphis Grizzlies, who are putting up a woeful 93.9 points per game.
In what figures to be a low-scoring grind, look under the line of 192.5 at 1.91. However Memphis has just enough firepower to remove more sheen from the Nuggets.
Best bet: Go over the total points line in Portland-Miami.