NBA Betting Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019

by | Jan 12, 2019 | NBA

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado

When: Sunday, January 13th at 8:00 PM ET

Spread: Denver -4

Total: 217

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BookMaker has the Denver Nuggets favored by 4 points over the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Denver Nuggets enter this game with a record of 28-12 and have won four of their last five including a home win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday by a score of 121-100.

The Portland Trail Blazers enter this game with a record of 26-17 and have won four of their last five including four in a row and are coming off a home win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday by a score of 127-96. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers are 26-17 overall and 22-21 ATS.   The Portland Trail Blazers are a playoff caliber team in the Western Conference and have the possibility to make a deep run in the playoffs this season. They currently have the 4th best record in the Western Conference and trail the Denver Nuggets by 3.5 games for the top spot in the conference. Portland is 22-21 ATS overall, 12-13 ATS after a win, 7-11 ATS on the road and 6-11 ATS as an underdog.

Damian Lillard leads the team in scoring and assists with 1,109 points and 263 assists. Jusuf Nurkic leads the team in rebounds, steals and blocks with 448 rebounds, 48 steals, and 59 blocks.

Portland is averaging 111.86 points per game which ranks 13th in the NBA. They are averaging 11.23 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 10th in the NBA. They are averaging 21.98 assists per game which ranks 26th in the NBA.

The Trail Blazers are allowing 109.72 points per game which ranks 15th in the NBA. They are averaging 37.19 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 2nd in the NBA. They are averaging 6.63 steals per game which ranks 27th in the NBA.

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Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets are 28-12 overall and 23-17 ATS.   Even without a true superstar, the Denver Nuggets remain the top team in the Western Conference for now and have a chance to make a deep run in the playoffs this season. They currently have the best record in the Western Conference and lead the 2nd place Golden State Warriors by 1 game for the top spot. Denver is 23-17 ATS overall, 18-9 ATS after a win, 14-6 ATS at home and 16-12 ATS as a favorite.

Nikola Jokic leads the team in scoring, assists rebounds and steals with 766 points, 303 assists, 409 rebounds and 58 steals. Mason Plumlee leads the team in blocks with 36.

Denver is averaging 110.72 points per game which ranks 18th in the NBA. They are averaging 12.68 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 1st in the NBA. They are averaging 27.35 assists per game which ranks 2nd in the NBA.

The Nuggets are allowing 105.4 points per game which ranks 4th in the NBA. They are averaging 34.62 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 15th in the NBA. They are averaging 8.1 steals per game which ranks 12th in the NBA.

Denver gets the win and cover at home

Both of these teams are in the top 4 in the Western Conference, so this should be a good game to watch. Denver is 14-6 ATS at home while Portland is 7-11 ATS on the road. I look for both of these trends to continue with a Nuggets win and cover against the Trail Blazers on Sunday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.

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