Nuggets at New Orleans Basketball Bet on Friday, March 12

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

Basketball bet favors the Denver Nuggets on Friday as they travel to New Orleans to face the Hornets.

It is the second game of a four-game road trip for the Nuggets.  Denver is competing for second place in the Western Conference and could be a popular basketball betting choice in this game that can be seen on NBA-TV.

Basketball bet has seen the Nuggets win seven of the last ten against New Orleans.  Denver is also 7-3 against the basketball betting point spread.  The teams have met twice this season and each team won at home.  The Nuggets won 116-110 in Denver while New Orleans won 98-92 at home.  The difference now though is that the Hornets don’t have a healthy Chris Paul and that makes them a risk play when making a basketball bet.  Four of the last five in this series have gone under the total.  That could happen again since the home/away trends for each team point to an under.

Normally when the Hornets are at home they are favored but without their leading scorer, Chris Paul, the Hornets are no longer feared at home or on the road. New Orleans is probably not going to make the playoffs and they simply don’t have enough offensive weapons to make up for losing their superstar guard.  Darren Collison has filled in nicely New Orleans doesn’t play defense well enough or score enough points to win on a regular basis.   The Hornets are 14-18 at home this season versus the basketball bet odds. They have also been going under the total more often in their home games than on the road. Without Chris Paul in the lineup the Hornets definitely are not as potent offensively.

Denver has a very good overall record but they are not that great against the basketball bet line.  The Nuggets have a losing record away from home this season vs. the number.  The Nuggets have a great offense ranked 2nd in the league but their defense is weak.  That can be an issue since they are laying points on a regular basis. Carmelo Anthony leads the team in scoring and he is always capable of having a big game.  Denver has been going under the total on the road so that fits right in with New Orleans going under at home.  This could be a lower scoring game than people might expect.

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