Nuggets go for 5th Straight Win as Blazers Rebound
A winning streak will be on the line for the Denver Nuggets on Friday Night when they battle the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. This should be a competitive game from start to finish as both teams have good defense and can score when necessary.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Altitude (Denver), NBCS Northwest (Portland)
LINE: Blazers -2; O/U: 212.
Damian Lillard made a franchise-record ten 3-pointers in his last game. He figures to receive plenty of attention from the Denver defense when the on Friday. Lillard scored 41 points in Wednesday’s 115-112 victory over the Orlando Magic. The Trail Blazers halted a three-game slide.
Lillard was 10-of-15 from 3-point range against Orlando. It broke a slump of 14-of-52 over the previous six games. His dead-eye marksmanship highlighted his fourth 40-point outing of the season.
Denver is beginning a five-game road trip. They are riding a four-game winning streak after Wednesday’s 117-85 ass-whipping of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nuggets are 14-7 on the season and looking to make it 15 wins.
Denver limited Los Angeles to 39.1 percent from the field and 5-of-35 from 3-point range. They have held its last three opponents to an average of 90 points.
Millsap had 20 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season while guards Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley each scored 20, with Beasley’s effort representing a career high.
The Nuggets have won the past three meetings.
The Trail Blazers are 13-8 on the season and are looking to find offensive consistency.
Backup guard Nik Stauskas also had a hot hand from outside against Orlando. He matched his season best of five 3-pointers while scoring 18 points. Stauskas has scored in double digits six times this season. It was topped by a career best-tying 24 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 18.
PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 107, Nuggets 103
NBA Betting Odds & Trends
|Denver is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver’s last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver’s last 7 games on the road|
|Denver is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Portland|
|Denver is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games when playing Portland|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games when playing Portland|
|Denver is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Portland|
Portland Trail Blazers
|Portland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland’s last 6 games|
|Portland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|Portland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Portland’s last 7 games at home|
|Portland is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Denver|
|Portland is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games when playing Denver|
|Portland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Denver|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland’s last 5 games when playing Denver|
|Portland is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Denver|
Denver at Toronto Monday, December 3
Portland at San Antonio Sunday, December 2
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