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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets - 10/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets
Date & Time Wednesday October 23, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Moda Center
Portland, OR
The Line
POR -1.5 O/U 219
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Denver Nuggets are set to visit Moda Center in Portland, Oregon for a Western Conference clash against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Denver Nuggets will be looking to continue their success from the 2018-2019 season as they went 54-28 which landed them at 2nd place in the Western Conference as well as earned them a playoff appearance. The Denver Nuggets will return their top player from a season ago in Nikola Jokic who averaged 20.1 PPG, 10.8 RPG, and 7.3 APG. Starting PG Jamal Murray is looking to contribute a fair amount for the Nuggets, and he should be able to resemble that success after averaging 18.2 PPG last season.

The Denver Nuggets were one of the worst teams in the NBA in scoring points during the 2018-2019 season as they scored an average of 110.7 PPG which ranked 20th in the league. The Denver Nuggets were one of the top teams in the NBA at keeping their opponents off the scoreboard as they held them to an average of 106.7 PPG which ranked 6th in the league.

The Portland Trail Blazers will be looking to continue their success from the 2018-2019 season as they went 53-29 which landed them at 3rd place in the Western Conference as well as earned them a playoff appearance. The Portland Trail Blazers have one of the best backcourts in the NBA as Damian Lillard is the starting PG who averaged 25.8 PPG and 6.9 APG last season while C.J. McCollum averaged 21 PPG. The Trail Blazers added Hassan Whiteside in the offseason which should boost their interior as the big man averaged 12.3 PPG and 11.3 RPG with the Miami Heat.

The Portland Trail Blazers were one of the top-scoring teams in the NBA during the 2018-2019 season as they scored an average of 114.7 PPG which ranked 6th in the league. The Portland Trail Blazers were average at keeping their opponents off the scoreboard last year as they allowed an average of 110.5 PPG which ranked 14th in the league.

These two teams were some of the top in the Western Conference last season, and I like the Portland Trail Blazers as an NBA title contender this year. The Trail Blazers have the best backcourt in the NBA, and they will consistently produce, but their additions will make them that much better. Portland will bring Kent Bazemore, Rodney Hood, and Pau Gasol off the bench, but they have a guy like Anfernee Simons who proved to be one of the best-undiscovered pieces in the NBA during the preseason. Portland will be jumping for the season opener, and they will edge out the Nuggets in a close game.

Pick:
Portland Trail Blazers -1.5
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