Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets - 12/23/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (19-11) vs Portland Trail Blazers (17-15)

Game Info: Friday, December 23, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets -4.5 -- Over/Under: 232 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets meet Friday in NBA action at the Ball Arena. The Portland Trail Blazers have split their last 8 games. The Denver Nuggets have won 5 of their last 6 games.

The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 112.3 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 28.3 points and 3.8 rebounds, while Anfernee Simons is averaging 23.4 points and 3 rebounds. Jerami Grant is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 9.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game.

The Denver Nuggets are averaging 115.8 points on 50.5 percent shooting and allowing 114.8 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 25.2 points and 10.9 rebounds, while Jamal Murray is averaging 17.5 points and 3.7 rebounds. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Porter Jr. is grabbing 6 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game.

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The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Trail Blazers last 8 overall. The under is 4-1 in Nuggets last 5 overall. The Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Denver.

The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off back to back heartbreaking losses to OKC, and it's the type of results that could carry over to another road game. The Denver Nuggets are a very tough out at home, where they win by an average of 9.5 points and shoot 51.3 percent from the field. Betting against the Nuggets at home usually doesn't pay off. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Nuggets.

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Randy’s Pick Denver Nuggets -4.5

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