Nuggets vs Trailblazers Game 2 Betting Preview, Lines, Odds, Spread and Prop Bets
By Cliff Rodriguez @Cliffrod303
Game 2 will be all about adjustments. The Blazers came out throwing everything they could at Denver in game 1 and still came up short (121-113). Despite Damian Lillard’s 39-point effort, Denver controlled the game from the tip. Without Jusuf Nurkic it’s clear that Denver has a huge frontcourt advantage. Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic combined for 56 points. If that trend continues this could be a short series for Portland.
The Blazers will be forced to let Jokic get his points, they have no answer for him defensively. I expect Portland to focus on driving to the basket with their guards. In theory, this will make Jokic work harder on defense and if they are lucky Portland might be able to get Jokic in early foul trouble. In addition to attacking the basket, expect Portland to be more ferocious on defense especially in transition. Denver had 12 turnovers in game 1 but the Blazers were only able to score 6points off those; while the Nuggets were able to score 23 points off the Blazers 18 turnovers.
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Keys for a Portland Win
Fewer turnovers. Better ball movement. Continue to dominate the boards. Force Jokic to turn the ball over.
Keys for a Denver Win
Increase defensive pressure. Win the turnover battle. Make free throws. Continue to move the ball, the more assists the better.
Game 2 Series Info and Betting Stats
Denver Leads the series 1-0
Money-line: POR: (+164) | DEN: (-194)
Spread: POR: +4.5 (-110) | DEN: -4.5 (-110)
Total: 219.5 – Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages: POR: 49% | DEN: 51%
Series Price: POR: (+205) | DEN: (-260)
All info, odds and lines from the Fan Duel Sportsbook
Quick Stats for thought before wagers are made
- The Over has been hit in 5 of Denver’s 8 Playoff games
- Including game 1 Portland as scored at least 108 points vs Denver in all 5 games played
- In game 1 both teams shot over 50%, since 2005 teams that shot at least 50% from the field hit the Over in 66.7% (14/21) of the time in their next contest.
- The Nuggets are 31-27 ATS after a win in 2019
- The Blazers are a league worst 10-17 ATS as road underdogs in 2019