The Miami Heat travel to Portland on Sunday for a game against the Trail Blazers in a matchup of teams from the Eastern and Western Conference. In their last game, the Heat were defeated by the Sacramento Kings by the score of 105-97. Bam Adebayo led the Heat in points with 26, while shooting 12 of 16 from the field and 2 of 3 at the free throw line. Adebayo also led the Heat in rebounds on the night, recording 7 with 1 coming offensively. Duncan Robinson led the Heat in assists in the game with 6 while playing a total of 42 minutes against the Kings.
Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers Head to Head
The Heat and the Blazers have played 62 games in the regular season with 39 victories for the Portland and 23 for the Miami. The Heat won the first match-up of the season between these two teams by the score of 122-111 in a game played in Miami.
Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers Stats
With the loss against the Kings, the Heat are now 34-17 on the season which places them in 1st place in the Southeast Division. Jimmy Butler leads the offense in points per game and is averaging 20.5 per game. Butler also leads the Heat in assists per game with 6.3. Bam Adebayo leads the Heat in rebounds per game on the season as he is averaging 10.4 per game. The Heat come into Sunday’s game with 5 players listed on their injury report as Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill are all are day to day.
The Portland Trail Blazers welcome the Miami Heat to town on Sunday after losing their last game to the Utah Jazz by the score of 117-114. Damian Lillard led the way for the Trail Blazers scoring 42 points while going 16 of 30 from the field and 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Lillard also led Portland in assists on the night with 6, while playing a total of 43 minutes against the Jazz. Caleb Swanigan led the Trail Blazers in rebounds in the game with 11, including 2 coming offensively.
After lying in wait to be traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to a playoff contender, the veteran swingman will finally get an opportunity to step onto the court for the first time since losing the NBA Finals last season with the Golden State Warriors.
The Heat will need all of the help they can get when building a roster to compete with the other elite Eastern Conference teams like the Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. They recently dropped their last two consecutive games against the Kings and Clippers.
Defense will be key for the Trail Blazers when going head-to-head with burgeoning superstar Damian Lillard. The All-Star guard is playing like he’s one of the top-five best players in the league right now. Miami is ranked 13th in the league in defensive efficiency with opponents averaging 44.5 percent shooting against them.
Injuries could be problematic if the Trail Blazers somehow turn the game into an offensive shootout. Butler is the leading scorer for a Heat team averaging only 107.5 points per game on the road. Perhaps they can find good fortune in playing against one of the league’s worst scoring defenses.
Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers News
Missing players Heat: Andre Iguodala (Acquired), Meyers Leonard (Ankle) and Jimmy Butler (Shoulder) are out. Jae Crowder (Acquired) and Tyler Herro (Foot) are doubtful.
Missing players Trail Blazers: Rodney Hood (Achilles), Jusuf Nurkic (Leg), Zach Collins (Shoulder) and Nassir Little (Ankle) are out injured. Hassan Whiteside (Leg) and Anfernee Simons (Concussion) are doubtful.
Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers Odds
Spread: -3 Portland
Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers Predictions
The Miami Heat have scored an average of 111.9 points per game this year while allowing 108.2 points per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have scored 113.5 points per game this season while allowing 115 points per game. In their last 5 games, the Heat are 2-3 and have lost 2 games in a row while the Trail Blazers are 3-2. Miami is 2-5 against the spread in their last 7 games on the road. Portland is 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 games. The total has gone over in 5 of Portland’s last 6 games against Miami. I am going with the Trail Blazers in this one. Portland wins 120-113.