The first time these two teams played this season it was a very close game as the Nuggets won 97-94 in NBA betting. This basketball betting matchup should be just as good.
Basketball betting favors the Trail Blazers at home in this ESPN televised contest. The Blazers are favored even though the Nuggets have won 6 of the last 10 meetings. Denver is 7-3 against the NBA betting odds in those games. Last season it was all the home teams in this series as each team won twice on their home floor. Denver broke that streak in late October of this basketball betting season with that 97-94 win at Portland. The last five games in this basketball betting series have all gone under the total. With Denver’s offense this season that result could change in this game.
Denver has been fine at home this season in basketball betting but they are just 6-9 against the NBA betting odds away from home. The Nuggets have a very potent offense that ranks second in the league but their defense can be suspect at times. Carmelo Anthony has been leading the league in scoring and on most nights the gets enough support for Denver to win games versus the basketball betting odds. The Nuggets have actually lost their last four road games so you can count on Denver being ready to play this game even though it is on a holiday.
Portland has usually been a very good team at home in basketball betting but not so much this season. The Blazers are just 6-7-1 against the NBA betting line at home this year. Portland plays good enough defense to win in basketball betting as they are second in the league but their offense has been up and down. Brandon Roy is still a great player who can impact basketball betting lines but overall the Blazers are well below average on offense with not enough scoring options. With all of their injuries, Portland doesn’t have that much depth and that can be a problem versus the basketball betting line when Roy is having an off night.
This ESPN televised game on Christmas night should be a good one between the two top teams in the Northwest Division.