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2021 NBA Handicapping
(37-20) Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (32-25)
Date: Wednesday, April 21st
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -7.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 228.5
On Wednesday, April 21st the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers will meet for the second time this season. The Nuggets won the initial meeting on February 23rd (111-106). The final meeting between the clubs will occur on May 16th.
The Blazers hold the all-time record between the clubs with 99 wins in 185 meetings. Last season, the teams played four times with the Nuggets winning three of the four contests.
While some teams get annoyed by the referees not reviewing specific calls late in games the Nuggets got the benefit of two calls in their double-overtime win versus the Grizzlies and both involved Facu Campazzo.
The first an overturn of the ball going off him and the second reversing a defensive call to an offensive foul.
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 47 points with 15 rebounds (including seven offensive boards) to collect his 51st double-double along with eight assists. Will Barton added 28 along with six rebounds, seven assists, a steal, and a block.
Michael Porter Jr. dropped 21 points and seven rebounds. Paul Millsap and JaMychal Green each contributed 12 points and five rebounds each. PJ Dozier had a solid effort with 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
While the loss of Jamal Murray to a torn ACL is devastating, losing Monte Morris to a hamstring injury removes the Nuggets’ other playmaker from the equation.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers lost a 113-112 heartbreaker on Tuesday to the Clippers and are clinging to the sixth seed and are fortunate the Mavericks have also lost two games in a row or would’ve slipped to the seventh seed.
Damian Lillard missed his third consecutive game due to hamstring tightness but the Clippers were playing without Kawhi Leonard.
CJ McCollum got the chance to emulate Dame Time in the closing seconds but missed his final shot making it the seventh loss for Portland in their last nine matches.
McCollum led the team with 28 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Norman Powell scored 23 points but struggled from deep (3 of 10) with the extra defensive attention he’s drawing with Lillard out.
Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points while Anferee Simon’s chipped in 13 points.
Adding to the Blazers’ injury woes Jusuf Nurkic was also out for load management but should play Wednesday. Lillard (hamstring) is day-to-day. Zach Collins continues his post-surgery ankle rehab.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Nuggets are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Nuggets are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
The Nuggets will need to be more cognizant of the perimeter after letting the Grizzlies 42.5 percent in their recent match. Memphis takes 31.1 perimeter attempts per game versus the Blazers who take 41.9 perimeter attempts so that’s a key factor to slowing Portland.
Denver will also need to take better care of the ball (24 turnovers) than they did versus Memphis. In contrast, Portland only turned the ball over six times versus the Clippers. That would be a huge differential should the teams emulate their last performances.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers +7.5
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