The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Rose Garden on the back of a rest, whilst the Trailblazers will come in to this game on the back of a trip home from Denver, where they played just last night. They can look to draw on home advantage in this one though.
The Nets are coming in to this game on the back of an eight point win, as they edged out the Lakers 108-102 in LA in a high scoring one last time out. The Nets have now gone over in two of their last three on this current road trip.
The current road trip has produced wins in LA and Utah, and a seven point loss to Golden State. Brooklyn will remain on the road for four more days, with trips to Denver and Milwaukee left between now and Saturday.
The last two games in the road trip are certainly more winnable than the trip to Portland, so I’m not sure if we’ll see a full complement of starters from the Nets, but Aldridge should return nice and fresh for the Blazers.
The Nets have shown their happy to run and gun lately and with the more winnable games I’ve mentioned in the coming days – as well as the fact Portland played a tough game in Denver themselves on Tuesday – I don’t think either team is feeling an intense, defensive battle.
That’s fine, because Portland don’t really play too much defence anyway, so I think we should see an open, run and gun, high scoring affair when these two sides meet.
Of the last 13 times Portland have played on zero days of rest, the total has gone over the posted number 9 times.
The Nets have made a habit of running and gunning, and playing in to high scoring contests against strong winning teams in the past two seasons.
When Brooklyn face teams that are .600 or above (winning 60% plus) of their home games, the over has cashed at a record 10-4, whilst their last five meetings with such teams have gone 4-1 in favour of betting over the total.
It’s going to be an open, run and gun style of game I think. Whilst you should consider the Blazers on the spread, I’d advise backing the total to go Over 206.5 at 20/19 with 888sport.
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