Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA Game on NBA TV. Portland hopes to stay unbeaten this season as they host 2-time MVP Nikola Jokic and his Denver Nuggets tonight at Moda Center. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Portland Trail Blazers
What a game it was yesterday in Los Angeles as the Portland Trail Blazers overturned an 8-point deficit late in the game to stay unbeaten on the season and improve their record to 3-0. Damian Lillard scored over 40 points for the 2nd consecutive game and I think it’s safe to say that he is officially back from all his injury setbacks from last season. The early tip-off didn’t bother the Blazers as they also got 16 points from Jerami Grant and 16 rebounds from Josh Hart.
This being a 2nd night of a back-to-back means that they didn’t have much rest after yesterday’s game, but playing at home should compensate for that. The Blazers will need to give it their all though, as the Nuggets have had their number over the past couple of season beating them 7 times in the last 10 meetings.
The Nuggets have bounced back quite well after their opening game loss to the Utah Jazz. They are coming off a 122-117 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in what was their home opener. The MVP Jokic posted another impressive stat line with 19 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists as he took only 10 shots from the field. Getting his teammates involved proved to be the winning formula here as Caldwell-Pope and Michael Porter Jr. each had over 20 points in the win.
Jamal Murray also chipped in with 16 points as he continues to ramp up following his knee injury. The Nuggets have looked decent, however their defense will need improving as in the 3 games so far they’ve allowed 117, 123 and 123 points which just isn’t going to cut it in the postseason. Against Portland they have a solid 5-1 SU/ATS record in the last 6 meetings and as a result the oddsmakers have them favored by 3.5 points tonight.
With rest advantage on their side and Nikola Jokic slowly finding his MVP form, the Nuggets will be hard to beat here. They are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games played in October, against a Portland team that isn’t all that deep I think they have enough to get the important win. Back the road squad to cover.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Predictions & Odds
In the last 3 of 4 meetings between these teams the Nuggets have scored 124, 140 and 124 points, so something is clearly working in their favor match-up wise here. In general, we have seen quite a few high scoring games between these teams with the total cashing on the over 8 times over the last 10 head-to-head. An average of 234.4 points has been scored in those games which is almost 5 points more than tonight’s projected total.
Denver’s defense has had it’s fair share of problems in this young season, tonight they face a Damian Lillard who has scored 40+ points in back-to-back games and is eager to lead his Blazers yet again in the scoring department. The total has cashed on the over 9 times in the last 13 meetings at Moda Center. Denver is also 9-4 on the O/U in their last 13 games vs Western Conference teams. I think it’s safe to say that both teams will opt for a faster paced game and not care all that much for defense here, so let’s back the points.