Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers – NBA March 23

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.

Both teams have hit their stride on the offensive end recently, averaging over 115 points in each team’s last 10 games.

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.

Portland Trail Blazers LogoThe 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.

Please Note:
Both teams sit around .500 this season against the spread. However, the Blazers are 10-13 against the spread when favored this season. The Nets thrive in the underdog role, covering ninw of 12 games this season when underdogs. Brooklyn has enough offensive firepower to keep up with the Trail Blazers throughout this matchup and could very easily win this game outright.

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.

The Bet
Nets +3½

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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