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Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 4/5/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets
Date & Time Friday April 5, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Pepsi Center
Denver, CO
The Line
The Line: Denver -6.5 -- Over/Under 216
TV Channel
ESPN, ALT, NSNW
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The Denver Nuggets play host to the Portland Trailblazers at the Pepsi Center on Friday night.

The Portland Trailblazers have been on a tear lately despite all the injuries as they’ve won 11 of their last 13 games and they will be gunning for a third straight victory after cruising past the Grizzlies in a 116-89 home win on Wednesday. Enes Kanter led the team with 21 points and 15 rebounds, Damian Lillard added 20 points with seven rebounds and 10 assists while Zach Collins chipped in with 18 points off the bench. As a team, the Trailblazers shot a healthy 51 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line as they traded baskets in a free-flowing first half, before ramping up their defense in the second half where they outscored the Grizzlies by 54-30. With the easy win, Portland improved to 50-28 overall and 30-9 at home which is currently good for fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets haven’t been at their best as they’ve lost four of their last seven games, but they will be full of confidence after making light work of the red-hot Spurs in a 113-85 trouncing on Wednesday. Nikola Jokic led the team with 20 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, Monte Morris and Malik Beasley each scored 19 points while Jamal Murray chipped in with 14 points, six rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot a healthy 54 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line as they never looked in danger after taking control of the game in the second quarter where they outscored the Spurs by 33-19. With the much-needed win, Denver improved to 52-26 overall and 32-7 at home which is good for second place in the Western Conference standings.

Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a winning record, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team above .600 and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Denver and the Trailblazers are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

The Trailblazers have been one of the hottest teams in the league lately despite missing two key players to injury in Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum. The Nuggets have fallen off the pace lately, but they just blew away the Spurs by 28 points and they are always tough to beat at home where they are 32-7 on the season. The Trailblazers have done a great job of staying competitive despite missing so much talent, but I just get the feeling that their run hits a speed bump here as the depth of the Nuggets could be the difference here.

Pick:
Denver -6.5

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