The Portland Trail Blazers (15-33) travel to face off against the Denver Nuggets (33-16) on Friday, February 2nd. This game will be played at Ball Arena in Denver and televised on ALT. The Trail Blazers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Nuggets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Bucks. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.
Trail Blazers vs Nuggets
The Trail Blazers Are Coming Off A Win
The Trail Blazers’ most recent game versus the Bucks saw Anfernee Simons lead the Trail Blazers with 24 points while shooting 10/19 from the field. The Trail Blazers picked up a 119-116 win, and Deandre Ayton also added 20 points which was 2nd on the team.
Coming into today, the Trail Blazers are 15-33 overall and have gone 3-2 in their last five games. In the Western Conference, they are in 14th place and are 5th in the Northwest division.
Portland has an overall ATS record of 23-25 for the season so far. Currently, the Trail Blazers are on a two game ATS win streak when they are underdogs, and they are 1-3 vs. the spread as favorites.
The Nuggets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Jamal Murray scored 16 for Denver against the Thunder which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 39.8%. Reggie Jackson finished 2nd on the team with 16 points, but Denver ended the game with a 105-100 loss.
As they prepare for today’s matchup with the Trail Blazers, the Nuggets are hoping to add to their overall record of 33-16. In their 49 games, the Nuggets have gone 17-11 against Western Conference opponents and 16-5 in non-conference games.
So far, Denver is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 21-26. The Nuggets maintain an ATS record of 9-16 on the road, while they have a 12-10 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
Through 48 games the Trail Blazers are averaging 108.5 points per contest, placing them 29th in the NBA.
On the road this season, the Blazers are averaging 106.0 points per game, which is 30th in the NBA. Overall, they are 29th in scoring at 108.5 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, Portland is 29th at 44%. When it comes to three-point shooting, the Blazers are 19th in made threes per game and 23rd in three-point shooting percentage.
So far, the Blazers have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 27.1% of their games. In terms of pace, Portland is 16th in the league at 98.6 possessions per game. When it comes to assists, the Blazers are last in the NBA at 22.7 per game.
Despite being 6th in offensive rebounds, Portland is just 30th in true shooting percentage. In terms of free throws, the Blazers are 19th in both made and attempted free throws per game.
Nuggets Offense Breakdown
This season, the Denver offense is ranked 17th in the NBA in scoring at 114.7 points per game.
Heading into their game against the Blazers, the Nuggets are 17th in the NBA in scoring at 114.7 points per game. However, they have been much better at home, where they are averaging 119.8 points per game compared to 110.2 on the road.
Denver’s offense is 5th in field goal percentage at 49%, but they are just 26th in three-point shooting at 37%. In terms of pace, the Nuggets are 30th in the league at 96.1 possessions per game.
So far this season, the Nuggets have scored below the NBA scoring average in 53.1% of their games. Heading into this game, they have gone seven straight games without reaching their season scoring average.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
So far, the Trail Blazers’ defense is ranked 18th in the league at 116.7 points per contest. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Trail Blazers are forcing 14.1 per game, which is 26th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 22nd in blocked shots at 4.6 per game.
Nuggets Team Defense
At present, the Nuggets’ defense is ranked 4th, allowing 110.8 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Nuggets’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 52.9% and allowing 36.0% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Nuggets
In today’s game, we anticipate Anfernee Simons leading the scoring for the Trail Blazers, contributing 21 points while shooting 7/17 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 22.9 points per game, along with 3.5 rebounds.
On the other side, Nikola Jokic is our projected leading scorer for the Nuggets. We have him ending the game with a team-high 25 and grabbing 12 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 58.5% and is averaging 26.3 points per contest.
Trail Blazers vs Nuggets Trends
- In their last three road games, Portland has averaged 115 points per game while allowing 119. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
- Through their last five home contests, the Nuggets offense has averaged 102 points per game while allowing an average of 108. Denver posted an overall record of 3-2 while going 2-2-1 ATS.
- Portland has done well both straight up and vs the spread as the underdog, going 2-1 SU and 2-1 ATS in their last three games.
- Through their previous three contests as the betting favorite, the Nuggets have a strong record of 2-1. Their record vs the spread in these matchups is 1-2.
In this Trail Blazers vs. Nuggets matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Trail Blazers at +11.5. While we project the Nuggets to win 111-108, our recommendation is to bet on the Trail Blazers for the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 221 and our model has the Trail Blazers and Nuggets finishing with a combined 219 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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