Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 11/1/13
Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) at Denver Nuggets (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -7.5 -- Over/Under: 202.5 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets square off against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night in their home opener from the Pepsi Center.
Head to head, the Trail Blazers are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings, but just 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Denver. The home team is 14-4-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings while the underdog is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
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Facing a raucous Sacramento crowd, the Denver Nuggets fell to the Kings 90-88 in a tightly contested battle on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams. The Nuggets knew they were in for a battle against the Kings and that’s exactly what they got as they trailed for pretty much the whole game, before scoring six straight points late in the fourth quarter to even the score at 88 apiece. After a Sacramento put-back, Ty Lawson then had a chance to even the score to send the game into overtime but his reverse layup was no good as Denver left Sacramento with a loss in Brian Shaw’s coaching debut.
Among the many surprising results on Wednesday night include the Portland Trail Blazers, who fell to the Phoenix Suns 104-91 in their season opener. The Suns were billed as the worst team out West by pretty much all pundits this offseason, but that wasn’t the case on Wednesday as they controlled the game from the get-go, outscoring the visitors 30-16 in the first quarter. Portland got to within one point early in the third term, but that’s a close as they would come as Phoenix quickly built their lead back up to double-digits. Damien Lilllard led all scorers with 32 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 28 of his own, but they got little help from anywhere else as the rest of the team scored just 31 points.
I was really disapointed with how Portland came out against Phoenix, but I think this line is a massive overreaction. I truly believe the Trail Blazers will be as every bit as good as the Nuggets this season and while I understand their massive advantage at the Pepsi Center, I don't think it's worth nearly eight points. I expect Portland to come out with more intensity in this one and I really like them getting this many points. One of the strongest three plays on the board for Friday in my opinion...