14 Jan

2024 NBA picks, January 7 predictions from proven model

The Portland Trail Blazers will face off against the Brooklyn Nets at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn is 16-20 overall and 10-8 at home, while Portland is 9-25 overall and 4-14 on the road. The Nets swept the season series in 2022-23 and also covered the spread in both matchups.

However, both teams have struggled against the spread of late, with the Blazers failing to cover in four of five and the Nets failing to cover in six of seven. Brooklyn is favored by 8.5 points in the latest Nets vs. Trail Blazers odds, while the over/under is 226 points. Before entering any Nets vs. Trail Blazers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

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 five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 11 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 106-59 roll on all top-rated NBA picks dating back to last season, returning well over $4,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on Portland vs. Brooklyn. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for the game:

Nets vs. Trail Blazers spread: Nets -8.5
Nets vs. Trail Blazers over/under: 226 points
Nets vs. Trail Blazers money line: Nets: -353, Trail Blazers: +279
Nets vs. Trail Blazers picks: See picks here
What you need to know about the Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers’ recent rough patch got a bit rougher on Friday after their third straight loss. They were dealt a punishing 139-103 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. No. 3 overall pick Scoot Henderson secured his fourth double-double of the season in the loss with 17 points and 10 assists.

Henderson is averaging 12.4 points and 5.1 assists per game this season but over his last six games, he’s averaging 17.5 points and 8.2 assists while shooting 41.4% from the 3-point line. Anfernee Simons struggled with a 1-for-8 shooting night where he only scored six points but he’s averaging a career-high 24.5 points per game for the season.

What you need to know about the Nets
Meanwhile, the Nets’ five-game losing streak finally came to an end on Friday. They scored a 124-115 win over Oklahoma City for their first win of the new year. Nicolas Claxton dropped a double-double on a season-high 23 points while also pulling down 13 rebounds.

Spencer Dinwiddie also had 23 points in the victory and Dennis Smith Jr. stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and two steals off the bench. However, the Nets are only shooting 28.4% from the 3-point line as a team over their last six games.

How to make Nets vs. Trail Blazers picks
The model has simulated Nets vs. Trail Blazers 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that hits 70% of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

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