The Trail Blazers (45-27, 28-9 home) have picked an awfully good time to start peaking. Portland enters its latest matchup against the Nets (38-36, 17-20 away) feeling pretty good about themselves after having won seven of their last 10 games. The game gets underway at 10:00 p.m. EST on Monday, March 25 at Moda Center.
The Trail Blazers opened as 6.0-point favorites for this game, with a high over/under total of 226. Brooklyn is 40-34-0 against the spread this season and 37-37-0 over/under, compared to 40-31-1 ATS and 39-33-0 over/under for Portland.
The secret to the Trail Blazers’ recent success has been exceptional offense. Portland is averaging 114.1 points and is third in rebounds and 25th in assists. The Trail Blazers have been led this season by Damian Lillard, who is putting up 26.3 points per contest on 43.0% shooting.
The Nets, meanwhile, rank 18th in points allowed at 111.9 points per game, and are limiting opposing teams to 219.0% from the field and 34.0% from beyond the arc. Brooklyn uses its size and length to force 14 turnovers per game and is 12th in the NBA in rebounding.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on February 22nd, 2019, Portland won 113-99 behind 27 points from Jusuf Nurkic.
Brooklyn is coming off a 111-106 win vs the Lakers in Los Angeles. Joe Harris led the Nets in that one with 26 points.
The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, are fresh off of a 112-117 win vs the Pistons in Detroit in which they were 11 for 26 from deep and won the war on the glass 50-35.
All told, the Nets have won six of their last ten games and are seventh in the Eastern Conference, while the Trail Blazers have lost three of their last ten and are fourth in the Western Conference.