Thursday, December 15, 2016
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The Portland Blazers travel to Pepsi Center to play the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, December 15, 2016. The Blazers come into this game with an overall record of 13-14. They are 3rd in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.7 as they are averaging 109.8 points per game while giving up 111.4 per contest. The Nuggets have an overall record of 9-16. They currently are 4th in the Northwest Division. They are averaging 105.6 points per game and surrendering 108.8, good for a point differential of -3.2.
C.J. McCollum comes into this contest averaging 22.4 points per game while playing 34.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Blazers. He pulls down 3.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is currently at 90%. Damian Lillard averages 27.3 points per game in 35.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.8 assists per contest and 4.7 rebounds per game for Portland. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 89%.
Danilo Gallinari averages 16.2 points per game while playing 34.8 minutes per contest this year for the Nuggets. He grabs 4.7 rebounds per game and has 2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage currently is at 87%. Wilson Chandler averages 17.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.3 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Portland averages 109.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 10th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 8th in the league. They average 50.5 rebounds per game and 22.3 assists per game which ranks them 24th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 13th with 13.6 per game. The Blazers allow 111.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 28th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 23rd and 26th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.3 rebounds a game which ranks 27th and they give up 20.7 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 24th in the league.
Denver averages 105.6 points per game this year which ranks them 10th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -3.2 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 24th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 14th in the NBA. They average 59.1 rebounds per game and 21.5 assists per contest which ranks them 1st and 20th respectively. In the turnover department the Nuggets rank 27th with 16.6 per game. The Nuggets allow 108.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 25th and 17th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 49.6 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 19th place in the league. The Nuggets force 12.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the NBA.
The Blazers have an offensive rating of 110.6 and a defensive rating of 112.3. In terms of pace they average 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 52%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 34% of their shots. Portland turns the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Nuggets rating on offense is 106.2 and they have a defensive rating of 109.5. They get 98.2 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 29% of their shot attempts. Denver turns the ball over on 14.3 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 11 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Portland Blazers Betting Trends
The Portland Blazers are 11-16-0 against the spread
The Portland Blazers are 18-9-0 against the over/under
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 14-11-0 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 17-8-0 against the over/under
Portland Blazers Injuries
12/14/16 F Al-Farouq Aminu Back "?" Thursday vs. Denver
10/25/16 C Festus Ezeli Knee out indefinitely
Denver Nuggets Injuries
11/15/16 G Gary Harris Ankle out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Denver -1
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