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Nuggets open as NBA underdog vs Trail Blazers

Denver NuggetsPortland Trail Blazers
20-20January 23, 2014, 10:30 | Rose Garden31-11

The Trail Blazers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Nuggets tip off at Rose Garden on Thursday in NBA play.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Trail Blazers are 31-11 so far on the season, and 24-18 ATS vs. the number. The Nuggets, meanwhile, are 20-20 and 17-22-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Portland go 29-13 and the Nuggets go 20-20 on the totals.

View Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds and Stats.

Portland opened as -7.5-point Favorite at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 221.5 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Trail Blazers at No. 2 and the Nuggets at No. 15 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 102-97 result in favor of the Trail Blazers.

Last time out for Denver, they were a 117-103 loser as they battled the Suns on the road. The Nuggets failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog, while 220 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Denver got 19 points from Anthony Randolph but lost anyway 117-103 against the Suns on Sunday at US Airways Center.

Last time out for Portland, they were a 105-97 loser as they battled the Thunder on the road. The Trail Blazers failed to cover in the match as a 6-point underdog, while 202 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points and added 16 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 105-97 against Oklahoma City in NBA action at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Nuggets rank No. 5 in the league with 45.93 per game. That compares with Portland’s No. 1 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Portland is the NBA’s No. 1-ranked team at 10.1 per game, while the Nuggets rate No. 10 with 8.2 per contest.

Next up:
Denver home to Indiana, Saturday, January 25th
Portland home to Minnesota, Saturday, January 25th