Where: Pepsi Center, Denver Colorado
When: Sunday, January 13, 2019 8:00 pm Eastern
The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Denver for the start of a brief, two-game road where the Denver Nuggets will be eagerly awaiting the Trail Blazers. Portland and Denver are two of the hottest teams in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association. This should be a great night of basketball at the Pepsi Center.
Portland Has Won Four Straight
Portland has won four consecutive games and seven of their last ten. If the playoffs were to begin today, the Trail Blazers would be the fourth seed in the West and would be forced to play the Los Angeles Clippers. Over the past five games, the Trail Blazers are scoring 116 points per game and allowing 104 points per game. All five games have been at home; Sunday night’s game is on the road.
Longest winning streak in the Western Conference.
Take a look at the highlights 🎥 pic.twitter.com/OBPx9X8fqa
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) January 12, 2019
Over the past five games, C.J. McCollum has been the leading scorer for the Trail Blazers, averaging 21 points per game and knocking down nearly three triples per game on 38 percent shooting from downtown. Jusuf Nurkic is averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds per game and is Portland’s second leading scorer over the past five games. Damian Lillard is averaging 18 points, nearly two triples and eight assists over the past five games.
Maurice Harkless is the only Trail Blazer listed on their injury report for Saturday night’s contest. Harkless is averaging 5.9 points and four rebounds per game and is listed as questionable with a knee injury.
Jokic is Dominating From the Five Spot
If the playoffs were to begin today, the Denver Nuggets would be the number one seed in the west and would be playing the Los Angeles Lakers. Over the past five games, the Nuggets have won two consecutive games and four of their last five. Denver is averaging 116 points per game and allowing an average of 109 points per game; the Nuggets are 17-3 at the Pepsi Center and will be returning to Denver after playing the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix on Saturday night.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) January 11, 2019
Nikola Jokic is averaging 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists over his last five games. Jamal Murray is averaging 19 points, two triples and five rebounds over his last five games and Gary Harris has played three games since returning from injury and is averaging 15 points, two triples and four rebounds per game over his last three games.
Trey Lyles and Harris are both listed as questionable on the Nuggets injury report but this is nothing new for Denver and while both are solid contributors, the Nuggets have proven they can win with one or both out of the lineup.
- Nuggets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Outside of the friendly confines of the Moda Center, the Trail Blazers are a below .500 team and it doesn’t matter who it is, the Trail Blazers usually struggle against anyone on the road. Denver is the best team in the Western Conference and knows how to win both home and away. Jokic usually destroys Portland, and especially when Nurkic plays, as they were teammates in Denver and Jokic was the backup to Nurkic. I’m not even worried about this being the second game of a back to back for Denver; Portland is not a good road team and I’m playing the Nuggets on Sunday.
Prediction: Denver -6
Full-Game Total Pick
For whatever reason, the Nuggets and Trail Blazers usually finish under the total…..and the following trend seems to confirm this
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
And this trend demonstrates how tough it is for Portland to score on the road
- Under is 6-1 in Trail Blazers last 7 road games.
I will be playing the under on Sunday night.
Prediction: Under 220