Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers - 11/12/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (5-3) at Denver Nuggets (1-5)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets +2 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: KGW, ALT
The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets meet Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.
With a last-second win over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, the Portland Trail Blazers improve to 5-3 and now look to win their first game on the road. Surprisingly, the Trail Blazers are getting the job done on the defensive end, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 41.2 percent from the field on the season and 31.6 percent from deep. Still, the Portland Trail Blazers have won eight of their last 13 games when allowing a team to score 100 or more points. Offensively, Damian Lillard has 40 points and 14 assists in his last two games, while LaMarcus Aldridge has scored 20-plus points in four straight games and has two double doubles in his last three contests. With the offensive weapons Portland has, the Trail Blazers are going to be even tougher to beat as long as their defensive efforts continue.
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The Denver Nuggets hope to end their five-game losing streak and win for the first time since opening day. In order to get back in the win column, the Nuggets have to improve a defense that’s allowing 108 points on 45.3 percent shooting from the field. The Denver Nuggets have lost nine of their last 10 games when allowing 100 or more points. Offensively, Ty Lawson leads the Nuggets with 13.6 points and 7.8 assists, while Randy Foye is chipping in 12.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting. The Nuggets need better play from Kenneth Faried if they’re continue to turn things around, as he’s shot under 45 percent in four of his last five games. It also doesn’t help that Danilo Gallinari is shooting just 26.3 percent from deep. Overall, the Denver Nuggets have their work cut out for them to rebound after a rough start.
The Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games. The Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Denver and 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.
Until the Nuggets actually play some sort of defense, it's going to be tough to hang with some of the better teams in the West. Portland is a well balanced team that should be able to cover the small chalk even after playing last night.