Blazers vs. Nuggets Prediction
Will the Denver Nuggets add to the struggles of the Portland Trail Blazers when the two meet up tonight at 10:30PM ET in Denver?
529 Portland Trail Blazers vs. 530 Denver Nuggets
Thursday, December 12, 2019
10:30PM ET – Pepsi Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Denver is favored at home, as the Nuggets are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Blazers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 214 points. The public betting currently has 86 percent going on the Nuggets as a home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Blazers struggling on the road
Portland is coming off a 115-87 win at home over the New York Knicks, but the Blazers have lost three of their last five overall and three of their last four road games. Portland is 10-15 on the season, 5-9 on the road, 11-13-1 against the spread and 13-12 with the over.
The Blazers are putting up 112.8 points per game on offense this season while shooting 45 percent as a team. Defensively, Portland is allowing 114.3 points per contest while opponents shoot 44.1 percent against them. Damian Lillard is leading the team with 26.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. Hassan Whiteside is adding 15.4 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest.
Nuggets in a hole
Denver is returning home from a four-game road trip where it went 1-3. The Nuggets have lost five of their last six overall. Denver comes into this game 14-8 overall, 8-3 at home, 9-11-2 against the spread and 16-6 with the under.
The Nuggets are one of the stronger defensive teams in the league, allowing just 101.7 points per game while holding opponents to 43.4 percent shooting from the floor and 30.8 percent from the arc. Offensively, Denver is putting up 105.8 points per game while shooting 44.6 percent. Nikola Jokic is averaging 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. Jamal Murray is adding 17.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Blazers are 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games as an underdog.
The Nuggets are 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games playing on 1 day of rest, but just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games.
These two met in Portland back on Oct. 23, with the Nuggets picking up a 108-100 win on the road as a 1.5-point favorite. Neither team is playing particularly well, but its Portland’s defense that is likely to be a problem in this game. Denver is a good defensive team, sport Portland can’t rely on its normal scoring from its guards. The Nuggets are likely to see an uptick of points against this Portland defense. I expect Denver to have efficient possessions and slowly work their way into a large lead and victory over the Blazers.
NBA Prediction: Denver Nuggets -6.5