On Thursday night, there are only a handful of NBA games, as the league has made a concerted effort to get out of the way of Thursday Night Football. But one game that is taking place is in Portland, as the Trail Blazers host a Brooklyn Nets team in disarray. In our NBA betting predictions for Thursday night, we break down Nets vs Trail Blazers in a game between one team that has fell short of expectations and one team has exceeded them.
Nets vs Trail Blazers Betting Pick
This game will be played at Moda Center at 10:00 PM ET on Thursday, November 17, 2022.
Why Bet The Trail Blazers:
✅ The Nets have lost two straight games on the road, and have continued to be without Kyrie Irving. Irving is not set to return until the weekend at the earliest, and his absence will continue to negatively impact Brooklyn.
✅ Kevin Durant has made some comments recently about how he cannot win with the current group around him. That will only further damage the chemistry on a team where chemistry was hard to come by to begin with.
✅ Portland, by the way, has been great so far this season. They have the best record in the Western Conference, and will showcase why on Thursday night.
Portland Trail Blazers
Team Stats Per Game
Team Stats Per 100 Poss
|121.33||Avg Opp Score||107.33|
|121.33||Avg Opp Score||110.67|
|109||Avg Opp Score||104.8|
|110.8||Avg Opp Score||112.2|
|106.7||Avg Opp Score||107.3|
|111.3||Avg Opp Score||114.9|
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The Brooklyn Nets currently find themselves in 12th position in the Eastern Conference, with a 6-9 record through 15 games. They have lost two games in a row, including their most recent outing, where they were blown out by the Sacramento Kings in California. Now, the Nets look to snap their two-game road losing streak against the surging Portland Trail Blazers.
For the Nets, getting Kevin Durant some help should be their top priority for this game. While Durant deserves plenty of scorn for his comments about his teammates, it is true that it is hard to win with players like Nic Claxton and Edmond Sumner as your running mates.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers won in their last outing, beating the San Antonio Spurs in a tight game at home. Here, the Trail Blazers will aim to remain at the top of the Western Conference, and will need to slow down Kevin Durant to do just that.
So far this season, defense has been a strength for the Trail Blazers, as they have allowed the fourth fewest points per game in the West so far this year. If they can keep up their intensity on that end of the floor, and force Durant to carry too much of the workload again, the Trail Blazers could cruise to a win against the reeling Nets here.