The Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets are scheduled to meet at the Barclays Center on Friday night. This is a West meets East matchup in Brooklyn.
The West is sinking for the Trail Blazers, as they are in a bad spot right now at 26-42 on the season. It’s expected for a Trail Blazers team that sold at the trade deadline.
However, at this time last year, the Trail Blazers were looking to go on a deep run. They added Normal Powell from the Toronto Raptors in a bad trade for Gary Trent Jr.
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 17, 2022
While it looks bad now, the Blazers thought Powell was a missing piece on an already solid roster. He played a role for the Raptors in their championship run and continued to improve in Toronto.
That didn’t work, and now the Trail Blazers are in a rebuilding phase. Along with CJ McCullom being traded, the Blazers are dealing with multiple injuries. They’re rebuilding and injured badly at the moment.
None bigger than Damian Lillard, who is still OUT with an abdominal injury. Lillard isn’t the only one, though. He’s the biggest name on a roster that has four players ruled OUT. Jusuf Nurkic and Joe Ingles are injured as well.
The Blazers have lost eight of their previous nine games and are not very competitive in several of those performances. It has been blowouts in most cases.
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— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 17, 2022
On Wednesday, Brooklyn is coming off a 113-111 loss to the Dallas Mavericks to end a three-game winning streak. They smashed the Magic for a 150-108 win at Orlando before the loss.
Head below for our free Trail Blazers vs. Nets prediction on March 18, 2022.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Portland Trail Blazers||+13.5 (-105)||+750||Over 226 (-110)|
|Brooklyn Nets||-13.5 (-115)||-1200||Under 226 (-110)|
|Team Data||Portland Trail Blazers||Brooklyn Nets|
|Points Per Game||107.1||111.9|
|Points Against Per Game||113.8||111.9|
|Field Goal %||44.4||47.1|
|Three Point %||35.0||35.7|
Trail Blazers vs. Nets Prediction:
The Trail Blazers don’t have much to look forward to when they wake up in the morning. They look at the standings, or not, that’s probably for the better, and have to go back to work.
Portland is well-aware that this isn’t going well, and this season has been a throwaway year. They’re 12th and down in the standings with the likes of the Kings, Thunder, and Rockets.
That’s not the best company to be with, but it’s hard to expect much with the roster they’re putting on the floor on a nightly basis. Getting blown out is going to happen often.
On Wednesday, the Trail Blazers are coming off a 128-98 loss to the New York Knicks. This was ugly, with nothing going right on both ends of the floor.
It’s common for Portland without their complete team on the floor. The Trail Blazers are 27th in the NBA with 113.8 points against per game and a 47.3% field goal percentage allowed.
They’ve been terrible versus the three-ball, with opponents hot from the floor with a 36.9% three-point percentage.
The Nets aren’t the best defensively, but they are much improved from last season, and the state of the Blazers’ offense isn’t great, either.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Trends:
- 2-7 ATS in their previous nine games
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games as an underdog
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games on the road
- 2-7 ATS in their previous nine games as an underdog
- 2-10 ATS in their previous 12 games after failing to cover the spread
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games
- 7-2-1 ATS in their previous ten games on one-day rest
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games after allowing more than 100 points
- 2-7 ATS in their previous nine games on a Friday
- UNDER is 9-3 in thier previous 12 games after failing to cover the spread
The Nets should move around freely in this one from the field. They are the fifth-best team with a field goal percentage of 47.1%.
There are no indications that’s going to change versus a thin Portland defense. No Trail Blazer on the active roster can matchup with Kevin Durant and keep him contained.
It isn’t good news for the Blazers that the Nets are heating up at the moment as well. Brooklyn has averaged 126.4 points per game with a standout field goal percentage of 54.2%.
Conversely, Portland has netted just 100.8 points per game on 41.4% shooting during their previous five attempts. The defense has gotten trashed for 123 points a game through those performances.
If the Nets are in proper form tonight, this doesn’t appear like a particularly difficult matchup. The Nets should emerge with a 17-20 point win if they are in the right mood on Friday night.