Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers – NBA Betting Preview by @DavAulak

Moda Centre Arena – Friday 9th January at 03:35

There are trade rumours surrounding Luol Deng as the Miami Heat start a five game road trip against the Western Conference in a difficult season. Losing LeBron James last summer was always going to be a tough pill to swallow for the Heat, but their 15-20 record this season is still a disappointment and the chances of returning to the NBA Finals for the fifth season in a row look slim at best.

The first road game is at the Portland Trail Blazers who have won 16 of their 19 home games this season, and they are 11-7 against the spread at home this season. Portland have a fast Offense that can score a lot of points and that has been a problem for the Heat who are averaging just 91 points per game in their last 5 games and just 93 points per game on the road.

Miami are also coming in off an upset win and have gone 0-7 against the spread in their next game and the Heat are just 4-8 against the spread against Western Conference teams this season so I like Portland to cover in this one.

Pick: Portland Trail Blazers – 8.5 Points at 1.97

Price correct at the time of writing

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Oklahoma City Thunder at Sacramento Kings – NBA Betting Preview by @DavAulak

Sleep Train Arena – Thursday 8th January at 03:05

The Oklahoma City Thunder went ‘all in’ with a huge trade that saw them bring in Dion Waiters and keep hold of Reggie Jackson as they look to make sure of a place in the Western Conference Play Offs. Waiters is there to offer scoring outside of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant and could be revitalised from a move away from the Cleveland Cavaliers although he is unlikely to be suited up for this game.

The Thunder have won on their last 5 visits to the Sacramento Kings whose season has fallen apart from the early form that suggested the Kings could be a threat in this loaded Conference. Oklahoma City are also 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games here.

DeMarcus Cousins has not been at his best since returning from an injury and the Thunder can perhaps win the battle on the boards which could lead to a double digit win.

Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder – 7.5 Points at 2.06

Price correct at the time of writing

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