Basketball betting handicappers should be aware; however, that Miami is far too popular of a choice with the general online basketball betting public and is often a poor value as a result.
The Portland Trailblazers will host the Miami Heat on Sunday night with a starting time of 9 PM ET. Open your account now at Sports Gambling for action on the side and total odds on this interconference matchup.
Miami had a record of 26-9 straight up but just 17-18 with the NBA odds. The Heat showed their best board value on the road with 11 payouts in 17 games while going under in 11 of those away games. Miami went 9-1 straight up but just 5-5 against the spread from December 13 through January 1.
The Heat were an outstanding defensive team that ranked 3rd in the NBA for points allowed while ranking 9th for scoring. Dwayne Wade took over the team lead with 24.5 points per game with LeBron James right behind with 24.4 points per game.
Chris Bosh led the Heat in rebounds with 8.2 per outing and he also had 18.6 points per game. After a slow start the Heat responded with outstanding basketball in December as they got back in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Portland was 17-16 straight up and 16-15-2 with the NBA betting line. The Blazers were a good value at home with 9 payouts in their first 14 games. Portland was sluggish recently however with just 4 payouts in 10 games from December 12 through December 30.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland in scoring with 19.4 points per game. The Blazers ranked 9th in scoring defense but just 24th for scoring offense. Marcus Camby was a solid glass cleaner with 11.2 rebounds per game.
This is the first meeting off the season in this head to head basketball betting series. Portland has paid out in 5 of their last 6 meetings with Miami including 2 of their last 3 home games against the Heat. Long term, however, Miami has gotten the money in 11 of their last 15 visits to Portland with 5 of the last 7 meetings between the teams at Portland going over the total.