- Heat Searching for Answers
- Inconsistency Plaguing Blazers
- Heat Needing to Fire
- Trail Blazers vs Heat Injury Report
- Trail Blazers vs Heat Head-to-Head
- Trail Blazers vs Heat Game Information
- Trail Blazers vs Heat Betting Lines
- Trail Blazers vs Heat Prediction
- Trail Blazers vs Heat Trends
- Trail Blazers vs Heat Edge
- Trail Blazers vs Heat Results
- Trail Blazers vs Heat Game Summary
Heat Searching for Answers
Being 4-6 wasn’t where the Miami Heat thought it would be after 10 games. However, it can wrestle back momentum against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.
The Blazers are 6-3 following a heavy loss to Phoenix, which is why NBA betting markets have the visitors at +7.
Inconsistency Plaguing Blazers
Having Damian Lillard off the court could start to have negative effects on the Trail Blazers’ season. They have made a good start after beating Phoenix 108-106, but the return game didn’t go so well.
They were handily beaten 102-82 in the second game, and playing their third consecutive road game isn’t going to help the sportsbook outsiders.
Lillard not only gives the Blazers scoring ability but he gives them experience. He’s trying to coach the younger players from the sidelines, such as Anferee Simons, but there’s only so much he can do.
Playing the struggling Heat could be the worst possible situation. They come up against a team desperate for success, without their best player, and off a busy schedule.
Getting Trendon Watford is a bonus. He didn’t play well in the loss to Phoenix, but he’ll only get better.
“I sort of had first-game jitters today,” Watford told OregonLive. “Like I never played in the game. But it felt good.
“I was a little winded. But I sort of picked it up towards the end, like just getting my feel back and trying to be the playmaker that I am and rebound, and just a lot of different things. But I feel like I played solid in my first game back.”
Heat Needing to Fire
Expectations were high for the Heat, but they have failed to deliver. However, it’s early in he season and we saw glimpses of hope last week.
They scored consecutive wins over Golden State and Sacramento before losing to Indiana 101-99. Despite the loss, which came on the road, the Heat can bounce back as the seven-point favorites on Monday.
It usually takes the Heat a few weeks to find their best basketball, but it’s defensively where we have an issue. They allowed 119 points in a setback against Sacramento and 123 in a loss to Golden State. They have since knuckled down and beaten both teams, but we’re used to seeing the Heat be much tighter on defense.
Betting online markets expect the home side to be at their best. They are short-priced favorites to win at FTX Arena, and playing at home could be the difference. Had the Heat been on the road, bettors could have expected to see an even -110 betting market.
The availability of Tyler Herro could have an impact on betting markets. He is a big part of their roster, but we expect him to play as his injury isn’t serious.
Trail Blazers vs Heat Injury Report
Trail Blazers vs Heat Head-to-Head
The Heat won 119-98 in the first meeting this season. Bam Adebayo had 18 points to top score for Miami. It was a team effort with Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry chiming in with 17 points apiece.
Lillard was best for the Blazers with 22 points in a low-scoring effort for Portland, which was 4-0 before the loss.
Trail Blazers vs Heat Game Information
- Game: Trail Blazers vs Heat
- Location: FTX Arena, Miami
- Day/Time: Monday, Nov. 7, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Trail Blazers vs Heat Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Trail Blazers vs Heat Betting Lines
Trail Blazers vs Heat Prediction
This is a good situation for the Heat and they should be too good for the visiting Trail Blazers.
We expect a professional performance from Butler, who should have enough experience to lead the Heat close to a winning record after slipping to 4-6. They should have enough firepower to cover the seven-point spread.
We’re also expecting a low-scoring contest, so take the under.