NBA Basketball Betting Odds – 3-1 Miami Heat vs Portland Trailblazers
The Heat are the highest scoring team in the league. They have the #1 offensive efficiency ranking. They’re 4th in fast break points, 7th in points in the paint, 4th in free throws attempted, 1st in shooting and effective field goal percentages, 1st in three-point percentage. Remember when the Phoenix Suns used to dominate every offensive category in the league? This is as close as you’re going to get, except the Heat do it with fewer possessions and a lot more defense.
That’s right, they defend too. They have the 7th best defensive efficiency in the league, allow the 4th fewest points in the paint, 7th fewest fast break points, and 5th lowest overall shooting percentage. Like Denver last night they’ll take away all of your easy shots and be happy as clams with you shooting from deep. They’re tied with the Nuggets, allowing the most three-point attempts in the league. They’re 25th in the league in opponent three-point percentage. That’s not a weakness, that’s a plan. They’re a good defensive rebounding team. They’ll happily watch you miss from the outside and traipse down the court to score on you. On top of that they force turnovers, which doesn’t seem fair.