Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/30/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (12-20) at Portland Trail Blazers (13-20)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets fly to the Moda Center to battle the Portland Trailblazers tonight.
The Nuggets have lost six of their last seven and are in danger of losing a fourth straight after last night's 93-87 loss to the Cavaliers. Will Barton led the scoring with 29 points off the bench while Joffrey Lauvergne added 14 points, but with no Danilo Galinari, Emmanuel Mudiay or JJ Hickson, the Nuggets were always underdogs against LeBron James and the Cavaliers. With so many injuries, the Nuggets' starting lineup lacks real bite and it showed last night as they combined for just 35 points. Denver is now 12-20 on the season and 5-10 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Trailblazers have bounced back from a five-game losing streak to win back to back games against the Cavaliers and then the Kings. With Damian Lillard out for the game, CJ McCollum took it upon himself to carry the scoring burden and he finished with 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Meyers Leonard added 16 points while Maurice Harkless had 13 as the Blazers caused the minor upset and beat the Kings on the road. With the in, Portland is now 13-20 on the season and 6-14 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last four games playing on zero days rest and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight road games, while the Blazers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against a team below .400 and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games against a team with a losing record record.
Head to head, the Nuggets are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Portland and the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
The news is that Lillard is expected to be available for this game which is a massive boost for the Trailblazers, so I'm sticking with them to win at home against a severely shorthanded Nuggets outfit.