Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 8 (12/8): NBA

Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 8 (12/8): NBA

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Nuggets money line -125
Nuggets spread -1.5 (-110)
Trail Blazers money line +105
Trail Blazers spread +1.5 (-110)
Over / under 231.5

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Denver Nuggets Portland Trail Blazers
Record 14-7 12-10
Road  / home record 8-5 7-4
Streak W4 W1
Points per game 115.00 113.78
Points allowed per game 113.22 113.00
Rebounds per game 43.89 44.00
Rebounds allowed per game 40.89 45.56
Over / under record 10-11 12-10
 

Preview

The Portland Trail Blazers return home to host the Denver Nuggets at the State Farm Arena on Friday night. These teams faced each other twice last season and the Nuggets won and covered the spread in both games.

 

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets get here with a 14-7 and are 8-5 on the road so far this season ranking 1st in the Northwest Division. The Nuggets have gone 11-4 against Western Conference teams. Denver is sixth in the league scoring 16.0 fast break points per game led by Michael Porter Jr. averaging 3.7.

Nikola Jokic is scoring 22.7 points per game and averaging 9.8 rebounds for the Nuggets. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging 2.3 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Denver.

In their last 10 games, the Nuggets are 6-4, averaging 114.4 points, 43.2 rebounds, 30.1 assists, 6.2 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 51.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.5 points per game.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers have won 3 of their last 4 games and are 6-6 at home so far with a 14-12 record overall ranking 2nd in the Northwest division. The Trail Blazers are 3-2 against division opponents. Portland is 3- when it turns the ball over less than its opponents and averages 14.3 turnovers per game.

Simons is averaging 22.9 points and 4.4 assists for the Trail Blazers. Jerami Grant is averaging 23.5 points over the last 10 games for Portland.

The team is  4-6, averaging 113.3 points, 42.6 rebounds, 24.4 assists, 6.1 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.9 points per game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Denver are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Portland.

Denver are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against Portland.

Denver are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.

Denver are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games when playing on the road against Portland.

Portland are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games.

Portland are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland's last 6 games against Denver.

 

Prediction

The Trail Blazers have been up and down this season and they're now dealing with a lot of injuries. The Nuggets have won 4 games in a row and are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs Portland. I don't see how the shorthanded Trail Blazers can keep up with the Nuggets offense.  Take Denver.

PICK: Nuggets -1.5 (-110)

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