Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets Point Spread Pick
The Portland Trail Blazers will try and keep pace in the Northwest title race when they travel to the Pepsi Center this Tuesday night to play the Denver Nuggets in a division matchup. This game is slated to tip-off at 9 p.m. (ET) and it will be available on NBA League Pass.
Point Spread: Portland -2.5
Total Line: 215
Blazers at Nuggets Game Overview
The Trail Blazers have climbed to within 4.5 games of Oklahoma City in the division standings with back-to-back victories over Utah and Minnesota. They are now 38-13 SU on the year with a 30-26 record against the spread. Portland has gone 17-11 both SU and ATS on the road this season and the total has gone OVER in 18 of the 28 games.
Damian Lillard poured-in 32 points in Sunday night's 108-97 victory over the Timberwolves with LaMarcus Aldridge on the sidelines with a groin injury. Aldridge leads the team in scoring with 23.9 points per game, but he will remain out indefinitely. Lillard is second in PPG with 21.2 and the Trail Blazers have three additional players scoring in double figures. Overall, they are ranked first in the NBA in points (107.8) and rebounds (46.1) while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from 3-point range.
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Phoenix is also coming off back-to-back victories following the All-Star break. It squeezed-out a 112-107 overtime victory over Denver on Tuesday as a two-point road favorite and then followed that up with Wednesday's 100-94 win over Boston as a 5.5-point favorite at home. The Suns are now 7-3 both SU and ATS in their last 10 games with the total going OVER in six those games. They are 18-9 SU at home with a 15-10-2 record ATS.
This is another team that knows how to light up a scoreboard with an average of 105 points and it has been solid under the boards with 43.6 rebounds. Phoenix has had its issues on the other end of the court on defense and it is now ranked 23rd in points allowed (101.8). Balance has been the key to the Suns' success with seven different players scoring at least nine points a game which has helped make up for the loss of Eric Bledsoe, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Goran Dragic has led the way with 20.3 points and Miles Plumlee leads the team in rebounds with 8.5 a game.
San Antonio vs. Phoenix Betting Trends
The Trail Blazers have covered in their last four road games and the total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight division games. It has also stayed UNDER in four of their last six games following a SU win.
The Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in their last six games at home and the total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games against the division. It has also stayed UNDER in six of their last seven games playing on one day's rest.
Head-to-head in this Northwest matchup, the road team is 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the total has gone OVER in four of those games. Portland has won both games this season SU and the series is split 1-1 ATS and on the total line.
Both teams come into this game less than full strength, but the overall edge in talent still goes to the Trail Blazers. While the final betting line may continue to fluctuate until we know if Lawson is definitely in or out, the pick is with Portland winning SU on the road and covering the spread regardless of whether he plays or not.