Two Western Conference teams currently on opposite trajectories are clashing today, when the Portland Trail Blazers (6-6), looking to snap a losing streak, are hosting the Denver Nuggets (8-5), who want to extend a lengthy winning streak of their own.
Date/Time: 11-13-2017, 22:00 EDT
Spread: Portland Trail Blazers 0
Blazers have a 6-6 record (4-7-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 5th place of the West. They have two consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against Brooklyn with a 97-101 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 25.2 ppg, adding a team high 6.5 assists per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 22.9 ppg, while Jusuf Nurkic adds 15.6 ppg and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Nuggets have an 8-5 record (5-8 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting in the 4th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Orlando with a 125-107 score, beating the odds easily. They are led in scoring by Nikola Jokic with 17.2 ppg, adding a team high 12 rebounds per game. He is followed by Paul Millsap with 15.5 ppg and 6.5 rebounds, while Will Barton adds 15.1 ppg.
In their four meetings last season, Blazers led the Nuggets 3-1 wins. Blazers are 4-4 at home so far this season, while Nuggets are 2-3 on the road. Nuggets are better offensively, scoring 107.6 ppg to Blazers’ 105.5, while Blazers are better defensively, allowing 100.7 ppg to Nuggets’ 105.2. Nuggets have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.5% to Blazers’ 43.4%, while Blazers have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 38.5% to Nuggets’ 36.8%. Blazers lead the league in rebounding, grabbing 48.2 to Nuggets’ 45.5 and they are also better in turnovers committed (14.9 to 15.8), while Nuggets are superior in assists made, with 24.5 to Blazers’ second-worse of 18.5. Vegas odds give Blazers straight up win but do not expect them to beat the odds as they have not been playing well lately, as opposed to Denver.
Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Denver Nuggets (-101)
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