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Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers Against The Spread Pick

Time: 10 PM EST Sunday March 1, 2014, NBATV

Location: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon

The Portland Trail Blazers host the Denver Nuggets in a Western Conference match up.

In their last games: The Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 124-80 and the Nuggets lost to the Brooklyn Nets 112-89.

In their blowout win over the Nets the Blazers led 58-34 at halftime and they were solid on both sides of the floor shooting 53.5% from the floor and holding Brooklyn to a FG% of 39.5%.

In their loss to the Nets the Nuggets scored only 9 points in the first quarter and were cold shooting for the whole game with a FG% of 37.5%.

The Blazers have won all 3 games against he Nuggets this season and these 2 teams met last week in Denver with Portland winning 100-95.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Blazers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the Nuggets.

The Blazers have won 4 in a row and 6 of their last 10 games while the Nuggets have lost 4 in a row and 9 of their last 10.

The Nuggets have lost 5 of their last 6 road games.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Portland -9
Total Line: 215
Money Line: Nuggets Off / Trail Blazers Off

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Denver Nuggets: 25-32 SU 23-34 ATS
Portland Trail Blazers: 40-18 SU 32-26 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• DEN is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
• DEN is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• DEN has an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
• PORT is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
• PORT is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
• PORT has an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Denver Nuggets: 87.18
Portland Trailblazers: 95.19

Key Player Injuries

[C] 11/10/2013 – JaVale McGee out indefinitely ( Tibia )
[G] 01/31/2014 – Nate Robinson out for season ( Knee )
[F] 01/22/2014 – Danilo Gallinari out for season ( Knee )
[G] 02/11/2014 – Ty Lawson out indefinitely ( Ribs )
[F] 02/27/2014 – Wilson Chandler “?” Saturday vs. Portland ( Knee )
[F] 02/28/2014 – Darrell Arthur doubtful Saturday vs. Portland ( Hip )

[F] 02/26/2014 – Thomas Robinson doubtful Saturday vs. Denver ( Knee )
[G] 02/28/2014 – Wesley Matthews probable Saturday vs. Denver ( Knee )
[C] 02/28/2014 – LaMarcus Aldridge is upgraded to “?” Saturday vs. Denver ( Groin )
[C] 02/28/2014 – Meyers Leonard is upgraded to “?” Saturday vs. Denver ( Ankle)
[F] 02/11/2014 – Joel Freeland out 4-8 weeks ( Knee )

Point Spread Pick:

The Trail Blazers are on top of their game after the break with 4 straight wins and the only blemish being a 2-point loss to the Spurs. That’s not the case for the Nuggets who have lost 5 of 6 beating only the lowly Bucks. These two just met on Tuesday with Portland getting a 5-point win in Denver which just happened to be the same margin of victory as they had back at the Moda Center in January. The Trail Blazers may have LaMarcus Aldridge back tonight to help them extend the margin. Take the Portland Trail Blazers -9.
Bet this game at and Lay -105 instead of -110 on this game!

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