The Portland Trail Blazers (15-34) travel to face off against the Denver Nuggets (34-16) on Sunday, February 4th. This game will be played at Ball Arena in Denver and televised on NBA. The Nuggets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Trail Blazers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Trail Blazers. Tip-off is set for 8:30 ET.
Trail Blazers vs Nuggets
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Trail Blazers will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Nuggets with a final score of 120-108. While the Trail Blazers lost the game straight-up, they did manage to cover the spread as +13.5 point underdogs. Before the game, the over/under line was 220 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
With a record of 15-34, the Trail Blazers are below .500 as they look to beat the Nuggets. Currently, they are 14th in the Western Conference and 5th in the Northwest division.
Portland’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 24-25 for the season. During this season, Portland has a 1-3 record against the spread as favorites and 23-22 as underdogs.
The Nuggets Are Coming Off A Win
In their last game, the Nuggets defeated the Trail Blazers with a final score of 120-108. The Nuggets were favored by -13.5 heading into the game, but their 12 point victory failed to cover the spread. Before the game, the over/under line was 220 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
With a record of 34-16, the Nuggets are above .500 as they prepare to face the Trail Blazers. In Western Conference matchups, the Nuggets are 18-11 compared to 16-5 in non-conference games.
Denver comes in with an overall ATS record of 21-27 so far this season. The Nuggets currently have a two game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 18-24 vs. the spread as the favorite.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
Portland has recorded an average of 108.5 points per game (29th) throughout 49 games games.
When it comes to scoring, the Blazers are 29th in the league, averaging 108.5 points per game. However, their scoring numbers are even worse on the road, where they are averaging just 106 points per game.
So far this season, the Blazers have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 26.5% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 29th in the league at 44%.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Blazers are 18th in the league in made threes but are just 23rd in three-point shooting percentage (35%). In terms of pace, they are 18th in the NBA.
Nuggets Offense Breakdown
Through 50 games the Nuggets are averaging 114.8 points per contest, placing them 16th in the NBA.
This season, the Nuggets have been one of the most efficient teams in the league, ranking 6th in field goal percentage. However, they have struggled from three-point range, hitting just 36% of their attempts (13th).
When playing at home, Denver has been one of the top offensive teams in the league, averaging 119.8 points per game (10th). Overall, they are 16th in scoring at 114.8 points per game.
In terms of pace, the Nuggets are the slowest team in the NBA, averaging just 95.9 possessions per game. This has led to them being one of the lowest-scoring teams from three-point range (26th).
Trail Blazers Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Trail Blazers’ defense is giving up an average of 116.7 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Trail Blazers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 59.2% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 33.8% from downtown.
Nuggets Team Defense
This season, the Nuggets defense has been impressive, holding the 4th position in the league while permitting an average of 110.7 points per contest. Denver struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Trail Blazers, giving up 16. For the game, Portland scored 108 points in the game.
Key Players For The Trail Blazers And Nuggets
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Anfernee Simons is set to be the main scorer for the Trail Blazers, recording 21 points and shooting 8/17 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 23.1 points per game, along with 3.5 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Nikola Jokic to be the top scorer for the Nuggets. Our projection has him finishing the game with 25, and he is expected to secure 12 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 58.7% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 26.3 points per game.
Trail Blazers vs Nuggets Trends
- Through their last ten road contests, the Trail Blazers offense has averaged 105 points per game while allowing an average of 124. Portland posted an overall record of 2-8 while going 4-6 ATS.
- In their last ten games at home, the Nuggets have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 3-6-1 vs. the spread. The team averaged 109 points per game in this stretch.
- Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Trail Blazers have a strong record vs the spread going 3-2. Their straight up mark in these contests is 2-3.
- Across their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Nuggets have an overall record of 3-0 while going 1-2 against the spread.
For a point-spread wager in this Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers game, we suggest taking the Trail Blazers at +13. Even though our predictions have the Nuggets winning 113-108, we see the Trail Blazers as the better choice on the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 220 and given that our model is projecting 221 points between the teams, we like the over.
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