Nets vs. Trail Blazers prediction, odds, line: 2022 NBA picks, March 18 best bets from model on 78-48 run

The Portland Trail Blazers (26-42) and the Brooklyn Nets (36-34) face off on Friday night. Portland has been in a slump, losing eight of its last nine games, including a 128-98 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday. That same night, Brooklyn had its four-game win streak halted, falling to the Dallas Mavericks. Kyrie Irving (ineligible), Ben Simmons (back) and LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) are out for the Nets, while Damian Lillard (core) and Jusuf Nurkic (foot) remain out for Portland.

Tip-off is at 7:30 pm ET from Barclays Center. Brooklyn is favored by 14.5 points in the latest Trail Blazers vs. Nets odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is 227.5. Before locking in any Nets vs. Trail Blazers picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $ 10,000 in profit for $ 100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model entered Week 21 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 78-48 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $ 2,400. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Blazers and just locked in its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Trail Blazers vs. Nets:

  • Nets vs. Blazers spread: Nets -14.5
  • Nets vs. Blazers over-under: 227.5 points
  • Nets vs. Blazers money line: Portland +800, Brooklyn -1400
  • POR: Under is 14-3 in Blazers’ last 17 games vs. a team with a winning record
  • BKN: Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall

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Why the Nets can cover

Forward Kevin Durant is sensational and is easily one of the most skilled players in the NBA, scoring from all over the floor with ease. The two-time NBA champion has a silky smooth jumper but can also score in the paint against opposing defenders. Durant averages 29.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and six assists per game. He is also knocking down 37 percent of his attempts from three.

The 12-time All-Star selection can torch any defender lined up against him. He’s scored 30-plus in 18 games thus far. On Mar. 13 against the New York Knicks, Durant went nuclear as he dropped 53 points, six rebounds, and nine assists. He also knocked down four 3-pointers and Durant can take over any game with his stellar offensive play.

Why the Trail Blazers can cover

Since coming over to Portland, guard Josh Hart has been playing good ball. The Trail Blazers have been hit by the injury bug and Hart hs been forced into a bigger role. The Villanova product is logging 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game, and he’s scored 20-plus in five of his last 11 games. On Mar. 14 against the Atlanta Hawks, he tallied 31 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Guard Brandon Williams joined the team in late February and has played well for Portland. He is putting up 13.4 points and three rebounds per game. The Arizona product is making the most of his opportunities by him, scoring at least 20 points in three of his last six games. On Mar. 7 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Williams had 27 points, eight rebounds, and four steals.

How to make Trail Blazers vs. Nets picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 218 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Trail Blazers vs. Nets? And which side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.

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