The Brooklyn Nets (36-34) host the Portland Trail Blazers (26-42) in a battle on Friday night. Portland has lost eight of its last nine games, and in its last contest, the Blazers were blown out 128-98 by the New York Knicks. Brooklyn is looking to get back on track as it had its four-game win streak halted, falling 113-111 to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Kyrie Irving (ineligible), Ben Simmons (back) and LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) are out for the Nets, while Anfernee Simons (knee), Damian Lillard (core) and Jusuf Nurkic (foot) are unavailable for Portland.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET from Barclays Center. Brooklyn is favored by 14.5 points in the latest Trail Blazers vs. Nets odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is 227.5. Before locking in any Nets vs. Blazers picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
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- Nets vs. Blazers spread: Nets -14.5
- Nets vs. Blazers over-under: 227.5 points
- Nets vs. Blazers money line: Portland +800, Brooklyn -1400
- POR: Under is 14-3 in Blazers' last 17 games vs. a team with a winning record
- BKN: Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
Why the Nets can cover
Guard Patty Mills is a solid contributor in the backcourt for the Nets and is averaging 12.4 points while shooting 41 percent from downtown. With Irving unable to suit up for home games, the Saint Mary's product will have more opportunities on the offensive end. Mills has been consistent from three, knocking down at least four 3-pointers in 26 games. On Mar. 15, Mills had 15 points and went 5-for-7 from 3-point land.
Center Andre Drummond provides Brooklyn with a physical force down low as he uses his size to bully defenders. The 28-year-old has recorded five double-doubles since joining the Nets and in his last outing, Drummond had 14 points, 17 rebounds, and went 7-for-8 from the floor. Forward Bruce Brown is another option for the Nets as he is a gritty defender who plays hard every night. He was scored in double figures in seven straight games and in Wednesday's game vs. the Mavs, the Miami product finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
Why the Trail Blazers can cover
Since coming over to Portland, guard Josh Hart has been playing good ball. The Trail Blazers have been hit by the injury bug and Hart hs been forced into a bigger role. The Villanova product is logging 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game, and he's scored 20-plus in five of his last 11 games. On Mar. 14 against the Atlanta Hawks, he tallied 31 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Guard Brandon Williams joined the team in late February and has played well for Portland. He is putting up 13.4 points and three rebounds per game. The Arizona product is making the most of his opportunities, scoring at least 20 points in three of his last six games. On Mar. 7 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Williams had 27 points, eight rebounds, and four steals.
How to make Trail Blazers vs. Nets picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 218 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's picks at SportsLine.
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