Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA game on NBA TV. It’s an all-Western Conference clash at Moda Center tonight as the Nuggets come to town to face off with the Blazers in what will be the 2nd meeting of the season between them. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Portland Trail Blazers
All eyes will be on Damian Lillard ahead of this game, as well know the Blazers are a completely different animal with him in the line-up. They just beat one of the surprises of the season Indiana 116-100 in what was Lillard’s first game after returning from injury. He chipped in with 21 points, while Jerami Grant and Anfernee Simons led a balanced attack scoring 28 and 22 points.
As a team the Blazers look far better than what we saw in previous years, they might actually have a shot at finishing inside the top 6 which would guarantee an automatic playoff berth in the loaded West. They actually beat the Nuggets already once this season 135-110, also at Moda Center in what was the 4th game of the season for both teams.
Denver is looking to end a 3-game losing streak tonight, after getting beat by the Dallas Mavericks at home 116-115. It wasn’t the best of games by Nikola Jokic as he scored just 19 points, well below his expectations. Aaron Gordon had a solid game with 27, while Bones Hyland added 20 off the bench.
It still wasn’t enough for the Nuggets who fell to 14-10 on the season. They will welcome playing the Blazers tonight, having won 7 of the last 10 meetings between the two teams. In general, Denver’s style of play seems to work better against Western Conference opponents, they’ve won 8 of their last 11 games against those teams. Against Portland they are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings, so there is optimism ahead of tonight’s game.
With a healthy Lillard, the Blazers look like a top 4 team in the West. Denver’s confidence has taken a big hit following that loss vs Dallas. I have Dame and co. coming out on top at home here, so let’s back the Blazers to cover as underdogs.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Predictions & Odds
The previous meeting went Portland’s way and it wasn’t close with a final score of 135-110. That was in line with what these two teams have averaged over the past 10 meetings – which is 235.7 points per game, so I am a bit puzzled by the oddsmakers who have set the projected total at just 226.5 points for tonight’s game.
The over has landed in 8 of the last 10 meetings, including 2 of the 3 most recent. Denver tends to go over on the road a lot, 13 of their last 20 such games have cashed on that bet dating back to last season. In 14 meetings between these two teams played at Moda Center the total has cashed on the over 10 times. I think we’ll see a carry over from the 1st meeting of the season, so let’s back the over in tonight’s game with confidence.