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

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets - 10/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Michael Ciaglo-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets (0-0) at Portland Trail Blazers (0-0)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Denver Nuggets are coming off one of their best seasons in franchise history and hope to take that next step with a conference finals trip. The Nuggets are built for longterm success with a core of Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Will Barton and Nikola Jokic, and they’ll do most of the heavy lifting if the Nuggets are going to build on what they did last year. However, the addition of Jerami Grant adds more depth to an already talented Denver roster and the emergence of Michael Porter Jr. could be massive, as he has possible all-star written all over him if he stays healthy. The Denver Nuggets are a fun team to watch and there’s no reason why they can’t push every other team in this league yet again. The Denver Nuggets have lost five of their last six road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off a western conference finals appearance and are now thinking possible NBA title with a wide open league. A duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum makes for one of the best backcourts in the league, but it’s always been the lack of depth that sells Portland short. A full season of Rodney Hood should remove some of hat pressure and Zach Collins is quickly making a case as the third best player on this team. Having Kent Bazemore coming off the bench could also be huge, as he adds much needed shooting when one of those star guards comes off the floor. The Portland Trail Blazers may still have depth issues, but they have to like where they’re at nonetheless. Hassan Whiteside and Nassir Little are questionable with injuries. The Portland Trail Blazers have won their last eight home games.

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The Nuggets are 22-10-1 ATS in their last 33 vs. NBA Northwest and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games. The Trail Blazers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games. The Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Portland and 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The over is 20-5-1 in Trail Blazers last 26 home games. The over is 4-1 in Nuggets last 5 overall.

The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of the last eight meetings against the Denver Nuggets, and the home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings. Before betting this game, you should check to see if Whiteside is going to play, as already being down Jusuf Nurkic, the Trail Blazers would have no size to control Jokic if they're down both of their centers. Still, I'm leaning toward the Trail Blazers and the small chalk simply because of home court. This early in the season and with a matchup this big where both teams will be out to make an early statement, home court could be the deciding factor and the Moda Center is one of the tougher places in the league to play.

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Randy’s Pick Portland Trail Blazers -3

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