Portland Denver NBA betting preview
The Portland Trail Blazers will be looking to continue their profitable ways against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night as those Western teams hit the hardwood in NBA betting action.
Portland is 3-1 both SU and ATS over its past four games against Denver, including a 101-93 win as a 6-point home underdog in the first meeting of the season between the teams on December 20. That game turned into an UNDER result for NBA totals bettors.
Denver will face the 20-17 Trail Blazers, who own a 17-18-2 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Nuggets are 20-19 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Trail Blazers are 17-20 favoring the OVER.
Those backing the visitors in this one found the Trail Blazers listed as 7.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 204.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 6-rated Nuggets and the No. 19-rated Trail Blazers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 102-97 win for the Nuggets on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Denver's No. 6-ranked offense (102.4 PPG) against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 21 at 98.8 PPG. The Nuggets have averaged 46.4% from the field per game, more than the Trail Blazers have managed so far this season (43.4% on average).
Defensively, the Trail Blazers feature the league's No. 19-rated defense on the road, giving up 100.9 points per game. Denver, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Portland, they were an 87-83 loser as they battled the Thunder at home. The Trail Blazers earned a push in the match as a 4-point underdog, while 170 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. LaMarcus Aldridge chucked in 33 points for Portland on Sunday, but they still came up short in losing 87-83 at Rose Garden.
Last time out for Denver, they were a 116-105 winner as they battled the Warriors at home. The Nuggets covered in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 221 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Denver earned a 116-105 victory over Golden State on Sunday, getting 21 points from Danilo Gallinari at Pepsi Center.
Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5
Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After playing Golden State are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
A few Trail Blazers at Nuggets trends to consider:
Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 7 games when playing on the road against Denver
Portland is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Portland's last 10 games on the road
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Portland
Denver is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver's last 7 games when playing at home against Portland
Portland home to Cleveland, Wednesday, January 16
Denver at Oklahoma City, Wednesday, January 16