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Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers PIck-Odds-Prediction 2/25/14

Portland Trail Blazers (38-18) at Denver Nuggets (25-30)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Denver Nuggets +2.5 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers head to Denver on Tuesday night to face off against the Nuggets.

The Denver Nuggets are currently 25-30 this season, in what has been a disappointing first half for Denver.  The Nuggets aren’t out of playoff contention, but currently the Nuggets are in 11th place in the West, trailing the Suns by eight games for the final post season spot.  Denver didn’t help their cause by falling to the Kings on Sunday, in a game that the Nuggets should have been able to win.  Denver has now dropped seven of their last eight, and if the Nuggets don’t get back on track soon, the gap will be too large for them to come back.

Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers PIck-Odds-Prediction 2/25/14

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The Portland Trail Blazers have had an outstanding season so far, and currently the Trail Blazers are in fifth place in the West, having an impressive record of 38-18.  Portland started off the season hotter than any other team in the league, and even though Portland has cooled off a bit since, the Trail Blazers are still a very tough out.  Portland has won two in a row heading into this meeting with the Nuggets.  In their last outing, the Trail Blazers defeated the Timberwolves on Sunday night, beating Minnesota 108-97 in Portland.

The Portland Trail Blazers are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, and the Trail Blazers are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games when scoring triple digits the game before. 

Denver is just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games at home, showing that the Nuggets have lost that superior home court advantage this season.  The Nuggets are also just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games following an ATS loss.

If Lawson is in for Denver and Aldridge is still out for the Trail Blazers, this will likely be a no-play for me, but as it sits right now, I have to take Portland.  The Trail Blazers took care of business earlier this season against the Nuggets in Denver, and I see no reason why that can’t happen again here on Tuesday night.

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Portland -2.5

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