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Trail Blazers Have Been Far From a Lock at Moda Center

Are you paying attention to the Denver Nuggets yet? If not, you should be. Winners of three straight and seven of their past nine, the red-hot Nuggets are set to tangle with the Northwest Division rival Portland Trail Blazers in Oregon on Monday.

Xbet opened the Nugs as 1.5-point road underdogs with a total of 210.

Shark Bites
  • The Nuggets are 2-14 SU in their last 16 games against the Trail Blazers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of the Nuggets’ last 18 games.
  • The Nuggets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games as an underdog.

Saturday’s 125-107 win over the Orlando Magic was promising for Denver for a lot of reasons. The Nuggets shot 52.9 percent from the floor and saw all five starters score in double figures, with the backcourt combination of Will Barton and Jamal Murray combining for 58 points and center Nikola Jokic nearly collecting a triple-double. Murray’s 32 points marked a career high for the second-year guard.

In order to combat the scorching-hot Nuggets offense, the Blazers will need to rely heavily on their own star backcourt combo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Lillard is averaging 25.2 points on the season but is mired in a bit of a slump and has failed to reach 20 points in each of the team’s last two games. The 27-year-old is 8-for-36 from downtown in five games this month, including 1-for-10 in the last two setbacks.

The good news for Blazers bettors is Portland has long dominated this series. The Trail Blazers claimed three of the four meetings between the clubs last year and six of seven overall. OVER bettors will be paying attention to this one, as eight of the last nine clashes between the Northwest Division foes have gone above the closing total.

Home-court advantage hasn’t meant much for Portland of late. In the Trail Blazers’ eight home games this season, they’ve covered the spread only twice.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Denver Nuggets listed as 2-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 210.5 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark pick a 109-103 result in favor of the Nuggets. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Denver Nuggets have seen them go 8-5 and 5-8 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Portland Trail Blazers are at 6-6 and 5-7 ATS. In OVER/UNDER totals betting, the Trail Blazers are 4-8, while the Denver Nuggets are 5-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Portland vs Denver injuries news.

The Trail Blazers-Nuggets betting odds would favor the Trail Blazers if the lines were set according to power rankings. Portland is rated No. 4 in our latest OddsShark poll, while Denver sits at No. 11.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Portland's No. 17-ranked offense averaging 105.5 PPG against a Denver Nuggets defense that ranks No. 14 at 105.23 PPG. The Trail Blazers field-goal percentage has averaged 43.47% so far, less than the Nuggets shooters have achieved on the year, 46.58% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Orlando was victimized by Jamal Murray for 32 points as the Nuggets defeated the Magic 125-107 in NBA action on Saturday.

Jusuf Nurkic scored 21 points in a failed effort to lead the Trail Blazers to victory (they lost 101-97 to Brooklyn at Moda Center on Friday).

Betting Trends
  • Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Denver's last 18 games
  • Denver is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver's last 8 games on the road
  • Portland is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Portland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games
  • Portland is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Denver home to New Orleans, Friday, November 17
Portland home to Orlando, Wednesday, November 15