Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Picks and Predictions for Game 4

Blazers vs Nuggets Game 4 Betting Preview

The Gold Sheet offers their NBA betting preview for Saturday afternoon’s Western Conference Game 4 showdown between the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets. Portland has opened as a four-point home favorite over the Nuggets with the total sitting at 227.5 points. Can the Trail Blazers knot the series and turn it into a best-of-three?

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Denver star C Nikola Jokic has put the Nuggets on his back and carried them to back-to-back wins in this series to secure a 2-1 advantage. He’s scored 36 ppg and shot 58% with 12 rpg thus far, even knocking down 50% of his treys and more than 94% of his FTs, so you can’t defend him low, you can’t defend him high and you can’t foul him. Portland C Jusuf Nurkic has averaged 5.3 fouls per game through the first 3, and backup Enes Canter 1.7 fouls in just 13 minutes. What’s a defense to do?

Meanwhile, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum continue to have success, combining for 59 ppg (Dame at 38 ppg), but they couldn’t defend Nugget G Austin Rivers, thrust into a starting role due to injuries to Jamal Murray and Will Barton, as he canned canning four three-point shots in the 4th Q, three of which came in a span of 1:54 that saw the score go from 91-91 to 102-94 and effectively finish the Blazers. Conversely, Portland struggled from beyond the arc, making just 14 of 45 (31%) compared with Denver’s long-range sharpshooting (20 of 38; 52.6%). Have to believe Lillard and McCollum are very likely to bounce back from an 8-for-26 night from distance performance, and just don’t see Rivers (35% on treys in 9 years in the Association) getting another hot hand. These two have played 4 straight times including the final game of the regular season, with each of those going “over” the total. Play on Portland and the Over.

Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Picks and Predictions for Game 4

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