Western Conference foes match up on Thursday night as the Denver Nuggets (14-10) travel to play the Portland Trail Blazers (13-11). The Nuggets are looking to halt their three-game skid in this matchup. Denver fell to the Dallas Mavericks 116-115 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Portland has won two straight. On Sunday, the Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 116-100. Portland is 13-9 against the spread this season, while Denver has an 11-13 ATS record.
Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET at the Moda Center in Portland. Portland is a 1-point favorite in the latest Nuggets vs. Blazers odds from Caesars Sportsbook. The over/under for total points is 228.5. Before finalizing any Blazers vs. Nuggets picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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- Nuggets vs. Blazers spread: Portland -1
- Nuggets vs. Blazers over/under: 228.5 points
- Nuggets vs. Blazers money line: Portland -115, Denver -105
- DEN: Nuggets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up loss
- POR: Under is 3-0-1 in Trail Blazers' last four Thursday games
- Nuggets vs. Blazers picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Blazers can cover
Guard Damian Lillard returned to the floor on Sunday from a right calf strain. Lillard provides a massive boost due to his offensive firepower. The six-time All-Star has outstanding range and can light up the scoreboard in a hurry. Lillard has the skills to orchestrate the offense and find the open man. He averages 25.8 points and 6.9 assists per game. In the win over the Pacers on Dec. 2, he amassed 21 points, four boards and six dimes.
Center Jusuf Nurkic has been a constant double-double threat for the Trail Blazers. Nurkic has superb balance and mobility for his size, allowing him to be in a position to snag rebounds. The 28-year-old is effective in the pick and roll with a soft touch in the paint. Nurkic averages 14.5 points and is tied for 11th in the NBA in rebounds (10). He's supplied a double-double in three of his past five games.
Why the Nuggets can cover
Center Nikola Jokic is an impact player in multiple areas for this squad. Jokic owns a high basketball IQ and knows the right play to make on a consistent basis. The four-time All-Star can really shoot the ball while being a facilitator for the offense. Jokic leads the team in points (23), rebounds (10) and steals (1.3). He is also third in the NBA in assists (8.9). On Sunday, he registered 32 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists.
Guard Jamal Murray is a space-creating playmaker in the backcourt. Murray has a quick release with exceptional range. The Kentucky product can hit a pull-up jumper with ease but has the quickness to get into the lane. The 25-year-old logs 17.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and five assists per game. On Friday, he had 20 points and seven dimes.
How to make Nuggets vs. Blazers picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 235 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the model's NBA picks at SportsLine.
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