NBA Matchup Insight
The Blazers have won 10 of their 11 home games this season and they are lucky to be at the Rose Garden tonight, as Portland has really struggled on the road. On the other side of the coin the Nuggets a4e one of the better road teams in the league at 8-4 away from Mile High City.
Denver Nuggets (15-8) at Portland Blazers (13-10)
When: 10 PM ET, Thursday, February 4, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Nuggets vs. Blazers Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Blazers -6.5
*NBA ATS Matchup Report*
The Portland Trailblazers beat Denver at home earlier this season by 111-102.
The Nuggets have been solid this season, but they have lost 3 of their last 4 games including losing to the Lakers at home in their last game.
Something has to give in this game, as this season Nuggets are averaging a league best 107.5 ppg on the road while the Blazers are only giving up 88.5 ppg at home.
In the game against the Blazers earlier this season the Nuggets were killed on the boards and they may have trouble on the glass tonight, as 7′ C Timofey Mozgov is questionable with an ankle injury. Nene Hilario (13.9 ppg 8.4 rpg) will have to man up and get some help on the boards tonight.
While the Nuggets’ offense is the highest scoring team they have had issues on D only ranking 25th in the league in opponents points allowed. That is not good facing a Portland team that has been stellar at home this season and where LaMarcus Aldridge (22.8 ppg) and especially Gerald Wallace (13.5 ppg) have shined.
Portland will have to play good D, as the Nuggets have a well rounded offense with SF Danilo Gallinari (17 ppg), G Ty Lawson (15.6 ppg), and C Nene Hilario.
Portland can get up and down the court and score, but they may want to slow down this game and control the tempo. If they can do that and force the Nuggets to play a half court game they will be in good shape.
Blazers’ F Nicolas Batum (11.4 ppg) may not play tonight for the 3rd straight game with a bone bruise injury.
Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Free Prediction
This season the Nuggets are 15-8 ATS with an O/U record of 12-11 and the Blazers are 13-10 ATS with an O/U record of 8-15.
In some betting trends for this Western Conference game the Nuggets are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5 points, 23-6 ATS in their last 29 road games, and they have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
The Blazers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, and they have an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.
Pick: Have to go with the Blazers to win and cover in this game simply because they are a different beast at home.
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