Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 23 – 10:05 PM ET
Site: Moda Center – Portland
TV Coverage: NBA Network
NBA odds from BetAnySports
Pointspread: Blazers -11.5
Total: 210.5 points
The Portland Trail Blazers are pulling off all kinds of surprises, aren’t they? Here is a team that lost not only one of the top inside scorers in the league (LaMarcus Aldridge) but also a number of great role players, and were not expected to do much of anything. But here they are, with 14 wins in the last 17 games (13 of those wins covering efforts) and in a spot where they have proven their bonafides as a playoff contender. Whether they can make some noise in the post-season is anybody’s guess. But they are seventh in the West right now, with the #6 slot within close striking distance (they can tie for that spot with a victory tonight), and that is where they want to be, since getting there would allow them to dodge Golden State and San Antonio in a first-round playoff matchup.
Hey, not that the Warriors do anything to scare them; in their fist shot out of the box after the All-Star break, the Blazers shocked BetAnySports customers with a 137-105 win, as the defending champs just couldn’t handle Damian Lillard, who exploded for 51 points. The Warriors were also held to just 39% shooting from the field. And even after going a little flat two nights later against Utah, the Blazers came back from being behind 13 points, getting 61 combined points from Lillard and CJ McCollum, who has simply been a revelation in his third NBA season. McCollum, who logged only three starters in his first two campaigns, has stepped into the vacuum and played like an All-Star, averaging 20.9 points. Portland has gotten some useful role-playing out of front court people, including Mason Plumlee, who spent last season with the Nets, where presumably he learned a little about guarding Brook Lopez, who is a 20 ppg scorer this season and has tallied 27 ppg in five career trips to the Moda Center (formerly known as the Rose Garden).
Do the Nets have some hope here? Well, probably more now than when they were being piloted by Lionel Hollins, a star on the Blazers’ only championship team (when he teamed up with Bill Walton) and were plodding along. Since Hollins got fired on December 10, interim coach Tony Brown has tried to really step up the pace, and BetAnySports patrons have seen them respond a little offensively, at least from long range. Brooklyn has hit 43.7% of its triples in the last dozen games, and no other NBA team has done as well during that span. What makes this particularly noteworthy is that under Hollins, they were last in the league from beyond the arc (31.5%). So you don’t want to necessarily sell them short here.
Brooklyn has its work cut out for it, just to survive the next couple of weeks, because this is the start of a nine-game road trip for them. That is a big challenge for Brown, who is more or less auditioning for consideration for the full-time job, once the new GM, former NBA big man Sean Marks, makes that decision. Meanwhile, Portland’s head man, Terry Stotts, is picking up Coach of the Year votes very rapidly.
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