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#519 Brooklyn Nets 233 vs.
#520 Portland Trail Blazers -3.5
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 10:05pm EST
Moda Center, Portland
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Friday, there is a matchup between an Eastern Conference team and a Western Conference team in the NBA. Specifically, the Brooklyn Nets and the Portland Trail Blazers will face off at about 10:00 PM. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the Moda Center.

Nets Look For First Road Win Of The Season

Through seven games this season, the Brooklyn Nets currently have a losing record. On the bright side, the Nets have won two of their last three games so perhaps they are ready to turn a corner. The main reason why the Nets have struggled up to this point has been their inability to win away from home. The Nets enter this game with an 0-2 record on the road as they have looked significantly worse whenever they are not playing in the Barclays Center. Now, the Nets get to play on the road again on Friday after being given three days of rest so perhaps they will be able to win their first road game in this one.

Leading the Nets offensively is star points guardKyrie Irving who looked great this season. Irving is averaging 31.7 points per game which is the most on the team by a wide margin and is the second-most in the entire league. Irving has looked like the best guard in the entire Eastern Conference and is a given to make another NBA All-Star Team this season. However, his current level of performance now has him in serious consideration for the NBA MVP Award.

Brooklyn's most underrated player is shooting guardCaris LeVertwho has been solid so far this season. Specifically, he is averaging 19.4 points per game which is the second-most on the team. In addition, he is also averaging 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists. LeVert earned a three-year extension with the organization this past offseason and he appears to be well worth the $52.5 million price tag.

Portland Continues To Underachieve

Through eight games this season, the Portland Trail Blazers have been one of the more disappointing teams in the entire league. After reaching the Western Conference Finals last season, people expected Portland to be near the top of the standings once again this season. However, that has not been the case as the Trail Blazers are currently out of the playoff picture. The main reason for their struggles has been their inability to win games at home. Specifically, Portland is still winless through two home games as it will look to finally break the seal with a victory on Friday.

Leading the Trail Blazers offensively is star guard Damian Lillard who looked great so far this season. Specifically, he is leading his team with 31.1 points per game. Impressively, he actually ranks third in the entire league in points per game. Now, Lillard will look to lead his team to a much-needed home victory which might be tough considering the fact that he played over 30 minutes last night.

Portland's most underrated player is center Hassan Whiteside who has been solid so far this season. Specifically, he is averaging 14.3 points per game along with 12.0 rebounds per game. In addition, he is also averaging 1.0 blocks so he has the ability to impact the game in a variety of ways. Now, he will have his work cut out for him in the paint on Friday as he will have to deal with Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan.

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Even though Portland is usually great at home, it is surprisingly winless there this season so something seems a bit off with the Blazers at this point in the regular season. Plus, the Nets have started to look a bit more balanced offensively in recent games which should pay dividends in this one. Since both teams love to play in transition, one has to wonder if the pace will tire out the Blazers at some point since they had to play yesterday while the Nets have not played since Monday. As a result, give me the road team.

Prediction: Brooklyn Nets +3

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Both teams have elite offenses and play virtually no defense so I have to like the over. Both teams also love to play in transition and shoot a ton of three-pointers so I can see this game turning into a track meet. Irving and Lillard should both go for at least 35 points as they will look to carry their respective teams to a victory. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 128-125 so I think this total is way too low. Give me the over as a result.

Prediction: Over 233

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Both teams have been a bit underwhelming up to this point but this is definitely a good spot for the Nets. Portland should come out a bit flat after having to play last night and I think that Brooklyn will take advantage of the extra rest by starting the first half off in good form. Plus, Portland is winless at home up to this point so I question just how important home-court advantage actually is for this team. Give me the Nets as a result.

Prediction: Brooklyn Nets 1H +1.5
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.