Free NBA Picks – Denver Nuggets @ Portland Trailblazers 
Date: 
Thursday, January, 23, 2014 – 
Time: 10:35pm ET – TV: TNT
Game Line: Portland -7 – Total (Over/Under): 221.5 (@ JustBet)

Thursday Nuggets/Trailblazers NBA Picks & Analysis: The Portland Trailblazers host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night in a key Western conference matchup

The Portland Trail Blazers are back at home after a 4 game road trip where they went 2-2. They started the road swing with impressive wins over San Antonio and Dallas, yet lost at Houston and Oklahoma City. The Blazers were in a really bad scheduling spot, as it was their 4th game in 5 nights. It definitely showed as well. The Blazers were competitive yet ran out of gas in the second half. The Blazers lead the league in rebounding (46.6 rpg) and points scored (109.3 ppg). They leave little to be desired defensively, as they give up 103.5 points per game (27th in the league). Portland is an outstanding team at home with a 16-4 record while going 11-9 ATS.

Denver comes into Thursday’s tilt losers of 3 out their last 4. Their only win in those games was an impressive win at Golden State. Last Sunday night they were smacked at Phoenix and will definitely be well rested and looking to get back in the win column. The Nuggets average 103.3 points per game and are good on the glass averaging 45.9 rebounds per game. Denver is 9-11 on the road this year, while going 10-9-1 ATS.

We have a very interesting situation in tonight’s contest. These two teams met up in the beginning of the year, with the Blazers blasting the Nuggets on Denver’s home court 113-98. Denver started off really slow this year with a new coach in Brian Shaw, which can be expected. He was still implementing his system and that kind of stuff takes time. Revenge can often be an overused angle when handicapping a game, but judging how the Nuggets took Golden State behind the woodshed last week, they don’t like losing on their home court. I really like Denver to bring it tonight as they will be looking for revenge. Portland might be overlooking them quite a bit, as they are in a little bit of a look ahead spot. They have Minnesota on deck, a team that beat them handily back in mid December. Also, if you take a look into the numbers, Portland is not really as dominant at home coming off a road trip of 4 games of more as they are 0-2 ATS in those contests.  I’ll take a motivated and very live dog tonight.

Free Nuggets vs Blazers NBA Picks: Denver +7 & Under 221.5
Free NBA Picks Score Prediction: Denver 107 Portland 103

 

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