Portland Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 2/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+6.5)
The Portland Blazers (18-11) head to Ball Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Denver Nuggets (16-14). The odds on this matchup have Denver as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 231.
The Portland Blazers took the court against the Washington Wizards and took a loss by a score of 118-111 in their last contest. Portland finished with a 35.9% FG percentage (37 out of 103) and converted 19 of 55 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Blazers converted 18 of their 25 attempts for a percentage of 72.0%. Regarding hauling in boards, they collected 50 with 17 of them being offensive. They also recorded 19 assists for this contest while getting 10 steals and 7 blocked shots. With regard to defending, Portland allowed the other team to shoot 50.6% from the field on 45 out of 89 shooting. Washington dished out 23 assists and had 8 steals for this contest. Additionally, the Wizards pulled down 54 rebounds (12 offensive, 42 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Washington walked away from this one shooting 75.9% from the free throw line by burying 22 of 29 shots. They made 6 of their 26 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Damian Lillard is one player who was a major contributor in this matchup. He accounted for 35 points on 10 out of 30 shooting. He was on the court for 38:56 mins and also snagged 6 rebounds. Lillard ended up going 33.3% from the floor and also recorded 12 dimes. An additional guy that was a factor in this game for the Blazers was Enes Kanter. He pulled down 13 boards and earned 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor in this contest by shooting 8-of-12 (19 points). When all was said and done, Kanter was on the hardwood for 33:49 min.
Portland steps onto the court with a win-loss record of 18-11 on the year. The Blazers are shooting 38.7% on shots from downtown (476 of 1,231) and 81.8% from the free throw line. They average 115.7 pts per contest (3rd in the league) while hitting 44.3% from the field. They cough up possession 11.3 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.8 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Portland is collecting 44.4 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 581 dimes this year, which is 30th in the league in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Blazers are forcing 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.4 personal fouls. The Blazers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 47.7% (390 of 535) and they relinquish 46.6 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 12th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 719 relinquished for the year. They surrender 36.5% on three-point shots and they are ranked 26th in the league in points per game allowed (115.2).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Denver Nuggets walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 123-115 against the Atlanta Hawks. The Nuggets were able to snag 30 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive boards for a total of 33 in the game. They also blocked 3 attempts while recording 8 steals in the game. The Hawks committed 20 personal fouls in the game which took the Nuggets to the charity stripe for 16 attempts. They were able to convert 13 of those for a clip of 81.3%. When discussing shooting from 3-point land, Denver converted 16 of their 36 attempts (44.4%). In all, the Nuggets finished the game shooting 43 out of 84 from the field which gave them a rate of 51.2%. The Nuggets permitted the Hawks to convert 42 out of their 81 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 51.9% in this matchup. They finished 35.3% from downtown by shooting 12 out of 34 and finished the contest at 27 out of 33 from the free throw line (81.8%). In regard to rebounds, Denver permitted Atlanta to get 44 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Jamal Murray pitched in for the Nuggets for the matchup. He knocked down 11 out of 20 in this matchup for a rate of 55.0%, which gave him 30 points. Murray had 4 boards in his 34:50 minutes of time on the court and accounted for 4 assists in this game. Someone else that was important for Denver was Nikola Jokić. He was able to score 15 points in 36:42 minutes on the court via 5 out of 15 from the floor in the game. Jokić finished going 33.3% from the field in addition to earning 6 assists and 10 rebounds.
Denver has a mark of 16-14 this season. The Nuggets are committing 20.0 personal fouls every game while shooting 77.7% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 26.5 times per game (7th in the NBA) and they turn it over 13.9 times per contest. Denver has scored 3,465 pts on the season (115.5 per contest) and they collect 43.5 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Nuggets are hitting on 48.4% from the floor, which has them ranked 5th in the NBA. The Nuggets defensively are ranked 14th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 111.8. They are able to force 14.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.3% from the field (24th in basketball). The Denver defense allows 36.6% from downtown (387 of 1,058) and their opposition knocks down 76.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 27.0 assists and 42.1 boards per game, which has them ranked 28th and 5th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Denver (-6.5) and under 231 points
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