The 2021-22 NBA season continues Tuesday, November 23, with four games around the Association, including the Western Conference clash from Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, so we bring you the best Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers betting pick.
According to MyBookie Sportsbook, the Trail Blazers are favorites to snap their three-game skid against the Nuggets, who have gone 5-1 SU and ATS in their previous six encounters with Portland. Denver has some serious injury worries ahead of this game, so let’s take a closer look.
The Nuggets are winless in four consecutive outings
The Denver Nuggets fell to 9-8 SU and 7-10 ATS on the young season following a heavy 126-97 defeat at the Phoenix Suns last Sunday. It was their fourth loss in a row, and the Nuggets failed to cover during that stretch.
Nikola Jokic missed the previous two contests due to a wrist injury, and the reigning MVP is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s clash in Oregon. Denver is without Jamal Murray (knee) and Michael Porter jr. (back), so the Nuggets could be pretty short-handed in this one against the Trail Blazers.
Jokic has been outstanding through his 14 outings in 2021-22, averaging 26.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 6.4 assists a night. The Nuggets are scoring 106.8 points per 100 possessions (21st in the NBA) while allowing 105.8 in a return (10th).
The Trail Blazers aim for their fourth straight win
The Portland Trail Blazers (9-8; 7-10 ATS) are coming off a 118-111 home victory to the Philadelphia 76ers this past Saturday. It was their third win on the spin and fourth in their last five outings at any location, as the Trail Blazers continue to climb the Western Conference standings.
Damian Lillard enjoyed his best game of the season against the Sixers, accounting for 39 points, seven assists, and three blocks. Jusuf Nurkic posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, while C.J. McCollum added 18 points and five assists.
The Trail Blazers boast the fifth-highest offensive rating in the NBA, tallying 111.9 points per 100 possessions. On the other side of the ball, Portland yields 111.3 points per 100 possessions (26th) on 46.7% shooting from the field (tied-25th).
- 1-4 ATS in the last five games overall
- 1-5 ATS in the last six games on the road
- 1-5 ATS in the last six games against the Western Conference
- 6-2 ATS in the last eight games at home
Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers Pick
Just nine days ago, the Nuggets trounced the Trail Blazers 124-95 and easily covered a 6-point spread at home. The Trail Blazers must be fired up to get revenge, and I’m expecting them to take full advantage of the Nuggets’ injury problems.
Portland is undefeated in eight straight outings in front of the home fans, covering six times in the process. The momentum is on the Trail Blazers’ side, as they’re looking to wrap up a four-game homestand in a strong fashion.
Pick: Take Portland Trail Blazers
Seven of the last eight meetings between the Trail Blazers and Nuggets went in the over, but this time around, we shouldn’t expect to see a proper high-scoring affair if Nikola Jokic remains on the shelf. Without their best player, the Nuggets have had a lot of problems on the offensive side of the ball, and over its last four outings, Denver has averaged only 98.7 points per game.
Frankly, I don’t trust the Trail Blazers’ defense at all, but this is a great chance for Portland to make some improvements. I would still stick with the hosts to cover and avoid the totals, though neither team prefers to play at a fast pace.
Pick: Go under