Nets vs Trail Blazers Picks and Predictions for March 23

Updated: March 23, 2021

Damian Lillard finally has CJ McCollum back riding shotgun, and the Blazers have won seven of their past nine games. But trends may not matter tonight, facing the injury-crippled Nets.

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The Brooklyn Nets and Portland Trail Blazers seem destined for a high-scoring shootout at first glance. 

But Brooklyn’s stars are all hobbled. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are already both sitting out, and James Harden is listed as questionable as well, which has dramatically affected NBA betting prospects. 

The question thus becomes “who the hell is going to score for the Nets?” (spoiler: nobody), which will govern our Nets vs. Blazers picks and predictions for Tuesday, March 23. 

Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers betting preview


Nets: Kevin Durant F (Out), Kyrie Irving PG (Out), James Harden SG (Questionable), Landry Shamet SG (Out).
Trail Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic C (Out).
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Betting trend to know

Under is 5-2 in Nets’ last 7 games as an underdog. Find more NBA betting trends for Nets vs. Trail Blazers.

The line opened at Portland -1.5, with the total at 236.5. Early action has skewed heavily towards Portland the Under, with news that James Harden may not play tonight. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Against the spread (ATS) pick

Obviously, this entire game hinges on James Harden’s status for tonight. The Nets’ dark-horse MVP candidate is listed as questionable with neck soreness, and given that both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are already on a casual day, the odds of Brooklyn forcing the issue with Harden dwindle.

Assuming The Beard also sits tonight, Brooklyn is left with the shallowest roster in the entire NBA. Jeff Green and Joe Harris become its de-facto leaders on offense, and there’s no way in hell it can hope to trade blows with a Blazers squad that has CJ McCollum back and has won seven of their past nine games. 

Yes, the Blazers are a yucky 3-6 ATS in that same stretch, but the spread here seems like a fair line even with Harden toughing it out. Brooklyn cares a lot more about its stars’ long-term health than winning a fairly meaningless game when it’s a mortal lock for a homecourt seed in the East. So count on Harden sitting this one out and pounce on a soft line, with Portland’s recently poor ATS performances perhaps reflected. 

PREDICTION: Portland -4 (-110)

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Over/Under pick

Times have obviously changed a bit since the Nets’ historic Over run earlier in the season. Now that they’re possibly without all three of their big guns, all bets are off. 

If Durant, Irving and Harden all sit, this game will be a complete wash, and even with Portland’s itchy trigger finger and porous defense, Brooklyn will struggle mightily to hold up its end of the total, with a massive risk of this game becoming a blowout and the home team taking its foot off the gas. 

The total has been falling all morning, now sitting at 233 since being originally posted at 236.5. Bet it now before it plummets further, but anything above the 228-230 range still feels like a very safe fire. 

PREDICTION: Under 233 (-110)

Prop pick

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Nets vs Trail Blazers betting card

  • Portland -4 (-110)
  • Under 233 (-110)

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