10 p.m. ET – Brooklyn at Portland (-3½) O/U: 232
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Brooklyn Nets||+3½ (-110)||+140||O 232 (-110)|
|Portland Trail Blazers
||-3½ (-110)||-170||U 232 (-110)|
The 29-14 Nets start their three-game West Coast road trip in Portland against the 25-17 Trail Blazers. Brooklyn was last in action on Sunday at home, where they picked up a 113-106 over the Wizards. Portland saw a three-game win streak snap on Sunday night with a 132-92 loss to the Mavericks. Despite Portland’s latest lopsided loss, both of these teams have been on fire recently, winning 15 of their last 20 games combined.
The Nets are led by All-Star guards James Harden and Kyrie Irving while former MVP Kevin Durant remains out nursing a hamstring injury. This will be Blake Griffin’s second game with Brooklyn, after he recorded two points and two rebounds against Washington on Sunday in 14 minutes of game time.
The Blazers are led by the NBA’s second leading scorer in guard Damian Lillard, who averages 30.3 points per game. Lillard has averaged a league high 31.8 points per game in the month of March. CJ McCollum returned to the court a week ago and has begun returning to form, as evidenced by his 32-point scoring 32 outburst in a March 19 in a win over Dallas.
Portland will need their star backcourt operating at full capacity on Tuesday night if they want to keep up with Brooklyn’s high-powered offensive attack.
It is hard to turn down an opportunity to take the points with the most talented team in the East. Back the Nets to stay within four points in a game that could easily come down to the final buzzer.
*Odds courtesy of MyBookie