Both teams are headed for the playoffs and each team would like to improve their playoff positioning.
The Nuggets have been solid at home in basketball betting and they are likely to get some action from bettors in this game.
Basketball bet trends are split on this game. The Blazers and Nuggets have split their last ten games. Denver has covered six of the last ten in this series against Portland. This is the first game of a three-game road trip for the Blazers. Just last month the Nuggets routed the Blazers 118-106 in Denver and that has happened the last three times the teams have played in the Mile High city. The teams split their two games in Portland earlier this season. Two of the three games this season have gone over the total.
When you made a basketball bet in the past on Portland you normally took them at home and avoided them on the road. That has changed this season as the Blazers have a losing mark at home but a nice winning mark on the road vs. the basketball betting line. Portland has the 5th best defense in the league and that is how they win most of the time. Brandon Roy gets his points and the Blazers play defense. It is not a bad combination but Portland may need more offense to keep up with the high scoring Nuggets in this Thursday game.
Denver wins a lot of games at home but they don’t always cover the spread for those making a basketball bet. Denver is so respected at home that the point spread on their games can get pretty high. That is a problem because Denver is not that good defensively. Denver is just 17-18-1 at home vs. the point spread this season. Look what happened in their last three home games. They won two of the three but they were laying double digits in each game and went just 1-2 vs. the spread. The Nuggets are 3rd in the league in points per game but they are just 21st in points allowed. Denver has been going over the total more often at home than they are on the road so this could be a high scoring game.