Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 2/4/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Portland Trail Blazers (23-27) at Denver Nuggets (34-16)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -4.5 -- Over/Under: 219 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Denver Nuggets play host to the Portland Trailblazers at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night.
The Portland Trailblazers have had an inconsistent season so far, but they've really come to life lately as they will be gunning for a fifth straight victory after making light work of the sliding Jazz in a 124-107 home win on Saturday. Damian Lillard drained nine 3-pointers to lead the team with 51 points and 12 assists on 17 of 29 shooting, Hassan Whiteside added 17 points with 21 rebounds and three blocks while Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 51 percent from the field and a sizzling 15 of 29 from the 3-point line as they took control of the game with a 15-0 run to close out the second quarter before pouring in 61 points in the second half to make it a blowout.
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been in decent shape as they've won four of their past six games, but they are coming into this one looking to bounce back after falling painfully short to the slumping Pistons in a 128-123 overtime road loss on Sunday. Nikola Jokic led the team with a triple-double of 39 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists, Will Barton added 20 points with nine rebounds and five assists while Monte Morris chipped in with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot 50 percent from the field and 10 of 32 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 44 points in the first quarter to lead by as many as 21 points, before having to fight their way back in the contest after the Pistons ran it down to lead by as many as nine points. Playing for the third time in four nights, the shorthanded Nuggets just ran out of steam in the extra period as the Pistons ran away with it.
Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record and 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss.
Head to head, the over 9-4 in the last 13 meetings overall and the Trailblazers are 4-11-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.
The Trailblazers have been in great form lately and it's no surprise that it's been Damian Lillard leading from the front over the past six games. The Nuggets haven't been too bad themselves as they've claimed some nice wins despite playing shorthanded, but they just ran out of steam against a determined Pistons team on Sunday. The Nuggets are almost always favorites at home, but they're short in the backcourt and I think Lillard and McCollum will be good enough to take advantage here. I'll take the Trailblazers and the points in what should be a close one.