Nuggets at Trail Blazers - 4/13/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (33-48) at Portland Trail Blazers (43-37)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, KGW
The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers end the regular season Wednesday at the Moda Center.
The Denver Nuggets look for a feel good win after losing six of their last eight games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 101.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Will Barton is averaging 14.6 points and 2.8 assists while Kenneth Faried is averaging 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds. D.J. Augustin is dishing 5.1 assists and Nikola Jokic is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Nuggets are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost five of their last eight road games.
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The Portland Trail Blazers look for one last win before the playoffs after winning eight of their last 12 contests. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 105.1 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 104.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.3 points and 6.8 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 20.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Allen Crabbe is dishing 1.2 assists and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won eight of their last nine home games.
The Nuggets are 8-19 ATS in their last 27 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest. The underdog is 10-4-1 ATS in the last 15 meetings.
The Trail Blazers are extremely tough to beat at home, and they're still fighting for the fifth seed, as they could fall to as low as the seventh seed with a loss. Considering Portland doesn't want to play the Thunder or the Spurs in the first round, I'll take the home team to win by double digits.