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MLB Season Starts With a Few Major Injuries to Key Players

MLB Season Starts: A rough way to start the season is for it to end immediately. No matter what team a fan root for, all fans can be empathetic when another squad’s best player or one that goes on a hot streak leaves the lineup due to injury. Injuries are virtually unavoidable and in the […]
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Heat vs Trail Blazers Prediction

Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland
When: April 11, 2021, at 10 pm EST
Odds: According to BetMGM
Spread: Miami +1 (-115) | Trail Blazers -1 (-110)
Money Line: Miami (-110) | Trail Blazers (-110)
Over/Under: Over 221.5 (-110) | Under 221.5 (-105)
Heat vs Trail Blazers Prediction: The Miami Heat (27-25) will travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers (31-21) for the beginning of a four-game road trip out West.
Both squads come into this game as the sixth seed for their respective conferences. The playoff race in the West is a lot tighter and more competitive than in the East.
This will be the second meeting between the Heat and Trail Blazers for the 2021 season. In their previous game a month ago, the Trail Blazers took a 125-122 win over the Miami Heat.
CJ McCollum’s 35 points were the difference-maker for Portland in knocking off the Heat. However, Erik Spoelstra and the Heat were without their star forward Jimmy Butler.
Background on the 2021 Miami Heat
The Miami Heat have been getting back on track after a shaky couple of games to end March. Miami has won five of their past six games, this has been a trend this season for the Heat. They will lose two or three games in a row then rattle off a four to a five-game winning streak.
Finding consistency and keeping starters healthy is crucial if the Heat want to make another NBA Finals run. Hustle and hard work are the mantras for the Miami Heat, this was evident in their latest win over the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
At home, the Heat fought to hold off the Lakers in a 110-104 win. A pivotal 9-2 fourth-quarter run for the Heat held the injury-riddled Lakers in check.
As a team, the Heat shot 47 percent from the field and 10 for 25 from the three-point line. Jimmy Butler led the team with 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Victor Oladipo shined as well but would leave the court late in the game after tweaking his knee. Oladipo added 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.
In addition, Tyler Herro scored 15 points off the bench, and Bam Adebayo put up 13 points, 7 rebounds, and four assists. Tonight’s game against the Trail Blazers will be a big-time game for Adebayo as he will be matched up against Enes Kanter.
The rebound battle will likely go Kanters way but athletically and scoring-wise Bam is the much better player.
In the earlier game between these two teams this season, Adebayo put up a monstrous stat line of 29 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 blocks. Herro was also all over the court with 29 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists of his own. With Oladipo out for the Heat Herro should get a lot of opportunities.
Background on 2021 Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers have been performing at their top level this year. Over their last nine games, the Blazers have won six.
Saturday night the Blazers smoked the Pistons in a 118-103 home win. Damian […]

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2021 NFL Running Backs: Draft Rankings

2021 NFL Running Backs: The 2021 NFL draft is only three weeks away. Now that draft prospects have performed at their pro day workouts and free agency has passed it is time to assess and rank the prospects according to their fit and draft value. Offenses in the NFL have shifted from a run first […]
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NFL Partners with Genius Sports

NFL Partners with Genius Sports: The data renaissance has made its way to the NFL. Listen closely to any of the broadcasts from this past season and you will hear the announcers talk about advanced metrics, DVOA, and win percentage when going for it on fourth down. Whether it is used for betting by fans, […]
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