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NBA Game Preview - Nuggets underdogs vs Trail Blazers at Portland

Denver NuggetsPortland Trail Blazers
Feb 25, 10:30 PM | Rose Garden

Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds

34-25TEAM RECORD32-25

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Friday when the Trail Blazers try to run the Nuggets off the court at Rose Garden in pro hoops action.

Portland will face the 34-25 Nuggets, who own a 26-30-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Trail Blazers are 28-28-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Nuggets are 31-27-1 favoring the OVER.

View Denver vs Portland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Portland opened as 6-point favorites, while the NBA total was set at 205 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Trail Blazers, currently No. 23 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Nuggets, who rate No. 11 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 104-102 victory for the Nuggets.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Portland's No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 96.3 PPG, against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 23 at 104.7 PPG. The Trail Blazers field goal percentage has averaged 44.6% so far, less than the Nuggets shooters have achieved on the year, 47.4% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Nuggets own the league's No. 25-rated mark, allowing 107.2 points per game when on the road. Portland, on the other hand, rates No. 22 in home scoring.

Denver was an 89-75 winner in its last match at home against the Celtics. They covered the 4.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 164 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Nuggets got 18 points from Kenyon Martin as Denver ran past Boston 89-75 on Thursday at Pepsi Center.

Last time out for Portland, they were a 106-101 loser as they battled the Lakers at home. The Trail Blazers failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point underdog, while 207 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Portland got 29 points and 14 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge in a losing cause in a 106-101 loss to Los Angeles on Wednesday at Rose Garden.

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 3-7
After playing Boston are 9-1
After a win are 5-5

Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Nuggets at Trail Blazers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Denver's last 10 games on the road
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Denver's last 11 games when playing Portland
Portland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Portland's last 7 games
Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing at home against Denver

Next up:
Denver home to Atlanta, Monday, February 28
Portland home to Atlanta, Sunday, February 27