Portland Trail Blazers at Brooklyn Nets - 8/13/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers at Brooklyn Nets - 8/13/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers (34-39) at Brooklyn Nets (35-36)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 9:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)

The Line: Brooklyn Nets +9 -- Over/Under: 236 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets meet Thursday in NBA action at the AdventHealth Arena.

The Portland Trail Blazers look to improve their playoff odds after winning six of their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 114.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 115.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 29.3 points and eight assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 22.4 points and 4.3 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 13.7 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.

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The Brooklyn Nets look to continue shocking the league after winning five of their last six games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 111.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 112.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 20.6 points and 6.8 assists while Caris LeVert is averaging 18.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. Joe Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Taurean Prince is grabbing six rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.9 rebounds per game.

The Trail Blazers are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 Thursday games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 23-8 in Trail Blazers last 31 overall. The over is 4-1 in Nets last 5 Thursday games. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Portland Trail Blazers have more to play for, are the more talented team and are led by a guy on a mission in Lillard. The issue here is that many of the Trail Blazers games have come down to the wire and their shaky at best defense has put them in some tight games. The Brooklyn Nets are rolling with a G League roster, but they're finding ways to win outright as big underdogs. While the talent isn't on the same level, the Nets roster is full of guys who are using this as a chance to possibly earn an NBA contract in the future, and they're playing with max effort. 

As I've done a lot in this bubble, give me the Nets and the points.

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