Nuggets vs Trailblazers Game 1 Betting Preview
By Cliff Rodriguez @Crod303
In round 2 of the NBA Playoffs we have Denver at home taking on the well-rested Portland Trailblazers. Denver escaped a rigorous 7 game series with San Antonio on Saturday night. Portland has been waiting nearly a week for its round 2 opponent to be ready. This should be a high-octane series with 2 energetic teams that love to get up and down the court.
Portland led by the lava hot shooting of point Damian Lillard easily disposed of the Thunder in 5 games. The Blazers didn’t leave the series unscathed; Center Enes Kanter is questionable to start the series with Denver due to a shoulder injury. The loss of starting center Jusuf Nurkic (leg) and the potential loss of Kanter will put the Blazers frontcourt at an extreme disadvantage to begin round 2.
Denver was led in 7 games of round 1 by the elevated play of all-star center Nikola Jokic. Jokic dominated the Spurs during the entire series; averaging 23.1points,12.1 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game. Based off Jokic’s play the Nuggets should have been able to end the Spurs series much sooner than game 7. Youth combined with stretches of bad shooting nearly cost the Nuggets the series.
Game 1 Stats Preview
Nuggets wont the season series 3-1 vs Portland
Blazers have been in the Playoffs 6 years in a row, never making it past round 2.
Money line: DEN: (-180) | POR: (+152)
Spread: DEN: -4 (-110) | POR: +4 (-110)
Total: 215.5 – Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages: DEN: 37% | POR: 63%
Public (Bet%) DEN 45% | POR 55%
All betting lines and info from FanDuel Sports Book
Quick Stats for thought before wagers are made