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Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/12/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets
Date & Time Thursday December 12, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
Pepsi Center
Denver, CO
The Line
Denver Nuggets -9.0 . Total 218.5
TV Channel
TNT
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The Portland Trail Blazers are on the road for a matchup with the Denver Nuggets.  The Trail Blazers come into this matchup with a record of (10-15), coming off a 115-87 win over the New York Knicks.  The Nuggets are (14-8), after falling to the Philadelphia 76ers, 97-92.

In the Trail Blazers win over the Knicks, Portland was led on offense by Damian Lillard.  Lillard connected on 9 of 15 from the floor, while making all 5 foul shots, registering 31 points and 6 assists.  The Trail Blazers shot 43% from the floor and 41% from deep.  The difference in the game, came from behind the 3-point arch.  The Trail Blazers connected on 17 3-point attempts, while New York made just 7.  Portland was out scored in the paint, 48 to 34.

In the Nuggets lost to the 76ers, Denver was guided on offense by Will Barton.  Barton converted on 10 of 19 from the floor, making 4 of 5 from the line, registering 26 points and 7 rebounds.  The Nuggets shot 43% from the floor and 26% from 3-point range.  Denver was out rebounded, 61 to 45.  The Nuggets led by 7 points in the game and took a 1 point lead into the 2nd quarter.

Recent Betting Trends:

Trail Blazers are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.

Trail Blazers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against the Nuggets.

The under is 6-3 in Trail Blazers last 9 games.

Nuggets are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.

Nuggets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in December.

The over is 9-3 in Nuggets last 12 vs the Trail Blazers.

The Trail Blazers have lost 2 of their last 3 games, while the Nuggets have lost 5 of their last 6.  The Nuggets have the number 1 scoring defense in the league, while also having the best 3-point defense.  The Nuggets have done well at home, going 8-3.  The Trail Blazers have struggled on the road, going 5-9.  Portland is 2-9 ATS as an underdog.  Final score prediction, the Nuggets will win and cover, 109-102.   

Pick:
DEN -9.0
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