Blazers vs. Nuggets Prediction
The Trail Blazers are a small underdog tonight against the Nuggets at 9:00PM ET. Will they cover in Denver?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Nuggets are 1.5-point home favorites versus the Blazers after opening as a 1-point favorite late last night. As for the total, the number hit the board at 222.5 but has been bet down to 220.5.
TRAIL BLAZERS KEY TRENDS: The Blazers have been an awful road bet of late, failing to cover in eight of their last 11 games away from Portland. They're also just 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 games playing on just one day of rest, are 3-8 against the number in their last 11 games versus Western Conference foes, and are 10-21 ATS in their last 31 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
NUGGETS KEY TRENDS: While Portland has struggled to cover on the road, Denver is having issues at home. The Nuggets have failed to cover in 11 of their last 16 games at home, are 15-41-2 at the betting window in their last 58 home games versus a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400 and are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games overall.
OUR PREDICTION: As previously mentioned, the Nuggets are having issues covering at home. They're also 1-7 against the spread in their last eight home games versus a team with a losing road record and are a brutal 0-11 against the number in their last 11 home games coming off a road trip of seven or more days. They have also struggled to cover in this series, going 2-7 against the spread in their last nine home games versus the Blazers. The road team is also a perfect 4-0 against the spread in the last four meetings between these two teams while the underdog is 12-5-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
NBA THURSDAY PREDICTION: PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS +1.5