Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, 10/24/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Monday, October 24, 2022
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: ROOT Sports
The Denver Nuggets are headed to Moda Center on Monday where they will try to beat the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Nuggets faced the Thunder and took home the win by a score of 122-117 in their last contest. Regarding fouls, the Nuggets finished with 21 and the Thunder finished the game with 27 fouls. They also made 15 out of their 38 attempts from downtown. Oklahoma City finished shooting 78.3% when shooting free throws by burying 18 of 23 tries. On top of that, Oklahoma City pulled down 47 boards (10 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. Oklahoma City dished out 29 dimes and had 10 steals in this matchup. In regard to defending, Denver allowed the other team to go 44.7% from the field on 42 out of 94 shooting. They also doled out 33 assists for this contest as well as creating 12 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In the matter of hauling in boards, they earned 46 with 9 of them being offensive. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nuggets made 18 of 31 tries for a rate of 58.1%. Denver wrapped up the contest with a 49.4% field goal percentage (42 of 85) and made 20 out of their 38 shots from downtown.
Nikola Jokic is one guy who was a major contributor for the contest. Jokic finished the contest at 60.0% from the field and recorded 13 assists. He was on the court for 39 mins and pulled down 16 rebounds. He recorded 19 points on 6 of 10 shooting.
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Denver comes into this game with a record of 2-1 on the year. They lose possession via turnover 19.7 times per contest and as a team are committing 22.0 fouls every game. As a team, Denver is pulling down 40.7 boards per contest and is sitting with 84 assists for the season, which is 1st in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Nuggets are shooting 42.6% on shots from distance (40 of 94) and 75.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 117.3 points per contest (11th in basketball) while hitting 50.4% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Nuggets are able to force 17.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 23.7 fouls. They are ranked 30th in the NBA in giving up assists with 90 surrendered on the season. The Nuggets are giving up a FG percentage of 47.5% (126 of 265) and they surrender 41.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They are giving up 38.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 26th in basketball in PPG allowed (121.0).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Trail Blazers got the win with a final of 113-111 when they played the Suns. Concerning attacking the glass, Portland permitted Phoenix to pull down 41 in all (9 on the offensive side). They went 37.0% from three-point range by shooting 10 out of 27 and ended up going 15 out of 21 from the free throw line (71.4%). The Trail Blazers allowed the Suns to make 43 of their 94 attempts from the field which left them shooting 45.7% for the game. Overall, the Trail Blazers ended up shooting 36 for 82 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.9%. Regarding shots from beyond the perimeter, Portland made 10 of 29 attempts (34.5%). They were able to convert 31 of the free throws for a rate of 86.1%. The Suns had 29 fouls for this contest which took the Trail Blazers to the free throw line for a total of 36 tries. They also coughed up the ball 18 times, while earning 8 steals for this game. The Trail Blazers collected 35 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 48 for the contest.
Damian Lillard ended up being a factor for the Trail Blazers for this game. He converted 12 out of 25 in this game giving him a rate of 48.0%, and had 7 rebounds. Lillard tallied 41 points in his 43 minutes on the court and had 3 dimes for the contest.
Portland has a mark of 2-0 for the campaign. As an offensive unit, the Trail Blazers are connecting on 44.1% from the floor, which is ranked 23rd in basketball. Portland has 115 pts on the season. Their rate of earning assists is at 17.0 times per contest (30th in basketball) and they turn it over 16.0 times per contest. The Trail Blazers are committing 18.0 personal fouls every game and they connect on 82.6% from the free throw line.
The Trail Blazers on the defensive side of the court are 9th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 109.5. They are forcing 16.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.8% from the floor (15th in the NBA). The Portland defense gives up 38.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (27 of 71) and their opponents are making 70.0% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 29.0 assists and 41.0 total boards per game, which has them ranked 27th and 7th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland
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