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12-14 (5-10 V) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets 9-16 (3-7 H)
Date: Thursday December 15
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Pepsi Center – Denver, Colorad
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: DEN -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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Neither the Portland Trail Blazers nor the Denver Nuggets are playing the most inspiring basketball entering their Thursday night contest.
That said, both have exciting rosters worth watching, and at least one of them plans on pushing for the playoffs by the end of the 2016-17 NBA season.
*All statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers entered their Tuesday contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder having lost four straight, but they walked away that evening victorious on national television after packing the box and making life difficult for the walking triple-double himself, Russell Westbrook.
Entering Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets, Portland is averaging 109.8 points per contest. That number is good enough for fifth in the league.
The problem comes when you look at the defense. This squad is just 28th in the Association in points per game allowed at 111.4 per night, and it’s 28th in terms of defensive efficiency.
Expect a frenetic pace in this one from both the Blazers and the Nuggets, as the two are eighth and seventh in pace so far this season, respectively.
The Denver Nuggets don’t have a clear-cut consensus star like the Trail Blazers do in Damian Lillard, but they have far more depth.
That has ironically been a problem throughout the years in terms of establishing go-to options and building around one player’s style, but against Portland, it should be an asset considering the Blazers’ struggles off the bench.
In particular, Wilson Chandler has looked like a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. This season he’s averaging a team-high 17.2 points per contest.
On the year, Denver is scoring 105.6 points per night. That number is good enough for 10th in the NBA.
Defensively, this group dips down to 26th in points allowed, giving up 108.8 points per night.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Trail Blazers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Trail Blazers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
- Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.
- Nuggets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Nuggets are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Nuggets are 0-11 ATS in their last 11 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Prediction:
Between the fast pace and the horrendus defense, this should prove to be a high-scoring game.
The question is: In a game with such a close spread, will home court be enough for the Nuggets against a superior team?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Portland ATS
The Blazers have two things going for them here. They have momentum coming off a blowout win over the Thunder, and they have the best player on the floor by a long shot in Lillard.
Give this one to the road team, and don’t be shocked if Lillard ends up with one of his highest scoring games of the season.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 118 – Denver Nuggets 110
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