In a divisional matchup, the Trail Blazers (15-33) head to Denver to take on the Nuggets (33-16) at Ball Arena. Portland is currently on a two-game winning streak and is 14th in the Western Conference, while the Nuggets are 4th in the West.

Denver is favored by 11.5 points, and the over/under line is set at 221. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 ET, and you can catch the action on ALT.

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS DENVER NUGGETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Portland Trail Blazers +11.5

This game will be played at Ball Arena at 9:00 ET on Friday, February 2nd.

WHY BET THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 111-108 in favor of the Nuggets.
  • Our projections have Nikola Jokic finishing with Nikola Jokic points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Nuggets finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.0% and knocking down 13 threes.

Can the Trail Blazers Lock in a Road Win?

As the 14th seed in the Western Conference, the Trail Blazers are 15-33 on the season. In the West, they are 6-26 compared to 9-7 against non-conference opponents.

On the road, Portland is 6-20 this season, and they are 12-14 ATS on the road. Currently, they are 18th in the Western Conference standings.

Portland has won two straight games and has covered the spread in each of those games. As the underdog, they are 14-30 straight-up and 22-22 vs. the spread.

In their last game, the Trail Blazers defeated the Bucks by a score of 119-116. They were 10.5-point underdogs going into the game. The O/U line for that game was 237.5.

This season, the average combined scoring total in Portland's games is 225.2. Today's O/U line is set at 221, and their games have averaged an O/U line of 227.3.

When it comes to scoring, the Trail Blazers have struggled this season, ranking 29th in the NBA at 108.5 points per game. On the road, they are averaging just 106 points per game.

So far this season, the Blazers have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 27.1% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 16th in the league at 98.6 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, Portland is 29th in field goal percentage at 44%. From beyond the arc, they are hitting 35% of their shots, which is 23rd in the NBA. In terms of assists, the Blazers are last in the league at 22.7 per game.

Defensively, the Trail Blazers come into today's game ranked 18th in the NBA at 116.7 points per game allowed. However, they have shown signs of improvements lately, ranking 19th in the league over their last three games. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Trail Blazers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 59.2% while allowing 33.8% from downtown.

Can the Nuggets Please their Home Crowd?

Today, the Nuggets will look to extend their home winning streak to six games as they host the Trail Blazers. Denver is favored by 11.5 points and has won their last two games as the favorite.

In their last game, the Nuggets lost to the Thunder by a score of 105-100. However, they covered the spread as 6-point underdogs. The O/U line for that game was 223.5.

Denver is currently 4th in the Western Conference with a record of 33-16. Against other Western Conference teams, they are 17-11 compared to 16-5 against the East.

On the season, the Nuggets have an ATS record of 21-26 and have covered the spread in their last two games. At home, they are 12-10 ATS, while going 9-16 ATS on the road.

Looking at their O/U record, the Nuggets are 17-31-1 for the season. The under has hit in their last seven games. This year, their games have averaged 225.5 points per game.

At home this season, the Nuggets are averaging 119.8 points per game, which is 10th in the NBA. Overall, they are 17th in scoring at 114.7 points per game. In terms of pace, Denver is the slowest team in the league, averaging just 96.1 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Nuggets are 13th in the NBA at 37%. However, they are just 26th in three-point makes at 11.5 per game. In terms of free throws, Denver is 27th in attempts and 29th in makes.

So far, the Nuggets have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 46.9% of their games. They have also scored below their season average in each of their last seven games. In terms of assists, Denver is 4th in the league at 28.7 per game.

This season, the Nuggets' defense is the 4th ranked defense in the NBA at 4th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 69.4% of their games. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Nuggets squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 52.9% inside the arc, and they're also giving up 36.0% from downtown.