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(14-7) Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (13-8)
Date: Friday, November 30
Time: 10:30PM EST
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 214½
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Friday, November 30 finds the Denver Nuggets facing Northwest Division Rivals the Portland Trail Blazers for their first meeting of the 2018-19 regular season. Denver last played Tuesday when they hosted the Lakers and ousted them 117-85. Portland hosted the Magic on Wednesday and won/lost.
Last season, Denver took three out of four games in their season series. The Blazers hold the all-time record having bested the Nuggets in 97 of their 176 matches.
After a rough stretch where the Nuggets lost five or six the squad has rebounded to win four in a row. The beat down of the Lakers particularly emphasized their identity. This iteration of the Nuggets takes great pleasure in rubbing their prowess in opposition faces.
Depth is the key with six players producing double-digit scoring efforts over the Lakers. Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap and Malik Beasley each scored 20 points while Nikola Jokic (14), Juancho Hernangomez (12) and Mason Plumlee (10) each chipped in.
For as much as Denver are offensive juggernauts their improvements defensively are the reason the team may well end up atop the West ladder at season end. Specifically, Denver is the top 3-point defense and best rebounding team in the Association.
Gary Harris (ankle soreness) missed the last two games and is questionable for Friday. Will Barton (surgery to right hip injury and core strain) expects to return early December.
Isaiah Thomas (right hip surgery), Jarred Vanderbilt (right foot surgery) and Michael Porter Jr. (back surgery) are all out for longer terms.
Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum remain the major force in Portland, but the Trail Blazers success has been tied to the remainder of the roster knowing their roles and delivering.
And, while the recent six game road trip exposed some glaring issues, overall this group’s efforts is recognizing success. Specifically, the Blazers rank second in rebounding and they don’t lose much when the reserves enter as they rank fourth in rebounding.
One reason why is the growth of sophomore Zach Collins who the team may want to consider utilzing more.
That said, it still required 41 points from Lillard to capture the victory over the Magic with double-digit contributions from Nik Stauskas (18), Jusuf Nurkic (16) and McCollum (15).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-1-1 in Nuggets last 9 road games.
- Blazers are 24-9 ATS in their last 33 home games.
- Nuggets are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Blazers are 6-4 in last 10 head to head contests
- Over-Under is 5-5 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
A similarity between the teams is their home court prowess versus their middling road records. Given this phenomenon the Blazers should be favored in the match. The key question is whether the Nuggets defense travels enough to stop the Blazers backcourt.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bet on the homecourt trend, Blazers ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Trail Blazers 112 – Nuggets 107
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