NBA Playoff Betting Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Thursday, May 9, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon
When: Thursday May 9th at 10:30 PM ET
Spread: Portland -4
BetDSI has the Portland Trail Blazers favored by 4 points over the Denver Nuggets. The Portland Trail Blazers enter this game with a record of 59-33 and have lost three of the five games in the series including the last two in a row.
The Denver Nuggets enter this game with a record of 61-33 and are up 3-2 in the series after winning game five by a score of 124-98. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets are 61-33 overall and 49-45 ATS. The Denver Nuggets are one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals but will be underdogs on the road in game six of the series. Denver is 49-45 ATS overall, 32-28 ATS after a win, 20-26 ATS on the road and 15-14 ATS as an underdog this season.
Nikola Jokic leads the team in scoring, assists, rebounds and steals with 294 points, 108 assists, 157 rebounds and 16 steals. Paul Millsap leads the team in blocks with 11.
Denver is averaging 110.63 points per game which ranks 20th in the NBA. They are averaging 12.00 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 2nd in the NBA. They are averaging 27.04 assists per game which is tied for 2nd in the NBA.
The Nuggets are allowing 106.75 points per game which ranks 6th in the NBA. They are averaging 34.57 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 17th in the NBA. They are averaging 7.50 steals per game which ranks 16th in the NBA.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers are 59-33 overall and 49-42-1 ATS. The Trail Blazers will have to win the last two games of the series if they are going to advance to the conference finals. Portland is 49-42-1 ATS overall, 18-14 ATS after a loss, 26-19-1 ATS at home and 34-22-1 ATS as a favorite this season.
Damian Lillard leads the team in scoring, assists and steals with 296 points, 59 assists and 20 steals. Enes Kanter leads the team in rebounds with 100. Moe Harkless and Zach Collins are tied for the team lead in blocks with 10 apiece.
Portland is averaging 114.30 points per game which ranks 6th in the NBA. They are averaging 11.80 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 3rd in the NBA. They are averaging 22.52 assists per game which is tied for 25th in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers are allowing 110.57 points per game which ranks 14th in the NBA. They are averaging 36.00 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 7th in the NBA. They are averaging 6.72 steals per game which ranks 26th in the NBA.
Denver advances with a game six win on the road
Denver has all the momentum after winning the last two games of the series and have the better team in the series. Denver is 8-2 ATS in their last ten matchups with Portland while outscoring the Trail Blazers by an average of 113.20 to 109.20 in those games.
The Nuggets are 3-0 ATS in their last three meetings with the Trail Blazers while outscoring Portland by an average of 125.67 to 116.67 in those games. I look for those trends to continue with a Nuggets win over the Trail Blazers in game six to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Make sure to bet this matchup on BetDSI.