Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Predictions, NBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/6/2020
Game: Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Location: Visa Athletic Center in Orlando, Florida
Carmelo Anthony and the Portland Trail Blazers (30-38, 4th in the Northwest Division) head to Visa Athletic Center on Thursday where they'll take on the Denver Nuggets (44-23, 1st in the Northwest Division).
The Blazers are covering the spread 43.9% of the time, having gone 29-37-3 ATS. Denver is covering 47.6% of the time, going 30-33-4 against the spread.
Key Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
12/06/19 SG Rodney Hood Achilles is out indefinitely
06/28/20 SF Trevor Ariza Personal is out for season
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
08/05/20 SF Vlatko Cancar Foot is downgraded to out Wednesday vs San Antonio
08/04/20 SG Gary Harris Hip is downgraded to out Wednesday vs San Antonio
08/04/20 SG Will Barton Knee is downgraded to out Wednesday vs San Antonio
08/03/20 SG Jamal Murray Hamstring is questionable Wednesday vs San Antonio
Carmelo Anthony comes into this contest averaging 15.3 points per game while playing 32.6 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 6.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 84%. Hassan Whiteside averages 15.8 points per game in 30.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.2 assists per contest and 13.8 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 62% for the year while his free throw percentage is 68%.
Nikola Jokic averages 20.3 points per game while playing 32.4 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 10.2 rebounds per game and has 6.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 53% and his free throw percentage is at 81%. Jamal Murray averages 18.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.9 rebounds per contest and 4.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Useful Team Statistics
Portland averages 114.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.4 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 13th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 3rd in the league. They average 45.5 rebounds per game and 20.4 assists per game, which ranks them 10th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 26th with 13.0 per game. The Blazers allow 115.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 10th and 28th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 47.1 rebounds a game which ranks 28th and they give up 24.7 assists per contest, which puts them in 19th place in the league. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Denver is 20th in the league with 110.5 points per game this year. They are 8th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 2.7. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 17th in the NBA. They are 20th in the league in rebounding with 44.2 boards per game, and 4th in assists per contest with 26.5. The Nuggets are 23rd in turnovers per game with 13.8. The Nuggets surrender 107.8 points per contest, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 14th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 22nd with 25.0 assists allowed per contest and 5th with 42.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Nuggets are 14th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.4 per game.
The Blazers are 6th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.8, and their defensive rating of 114.2 is ranked 27th. In terms of pace they are 12th in the league with 100.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 13th. As a team they are 14th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 17th in the league. Portland is 28th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 17th in the league.
Denver is 23rd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 16th in the NBA. The Nuggets are 8th in the league in defensive rating with 109.7, and their offensive rating of 112.4 is ranked 13th. They are 29th in the NBA in pace with 97.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 14th. As a unit they are 18th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 27th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Blazers/Nuggets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Portland
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