Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers, Playoffs round 2 game 1. The Nuggets open the road to the conference semifinals against the Trail Blazers tonight. The first battle in the first round was tough against the Spurs, but the Nuggets managed to overcome all seven games. Portland had an easier way in the first round against the Thunder, only one loss in five games.
Denver Nuggets: At home we are strong.
The Nuggets had a very good regular season at home. During the first round of the playoffs against the Spurs they lost only one game of four at home. But it was the first game of the series. The Spurs hurt on the road, but the Nuggets were superior in every victory. Four times they played against the Trail Blazers in the regular. Three victories and one defeat in the 80th game of the regular 108-115 on the road.
The Nuggets have the league’s sixth-best defense this season. In the playoffs the defense this season is allowing only 95.5 points per game at home. The offense is scoring 102.0 points per game, 38.50 FG points, 73.1% free throw shots, 8.00 three pointers, 25.00 assists. 114 points was the highest number of points scored at home in the first round.
The ATS record in these playoffs is 2-2-0. In the third and fourth games of the first round the Nuggets were favorites with -7.0 and -5.5. In those two games they completed the spreads. The average points at home in the spread is -6.0 during the playoffs. In this first game against the Trail Blazers the Nuggets are favorites.
Portland Trail Blazers: With more rest time.
The Trail Blazers are relaxed with five days of rest after eliminating the Thunder. The round against the Thunder was easy, the only defeat was on the road 108-120. The only problem is that the Trail Blazers had a dreadful regular season on the road. In addition the team already lost two games on the road against the Nuggets in the regular season.
The Trail Blazers defense is the sixth best in the league. But today they will play against one of the most dangerous defenses in the playoffs. On the road the Trail Blazers are scoring 109.5 points, 38.00 FG points, 85.1% free throw shots and 13.50 three pointers. Those numbers are a bit inflated due to the Thunder’s mediocre defense playing at home.
The ATS record in the playoffs is 1-1-0 this season. In the two games on the road the Trail Blazers were underdogs. The only spread they completed was +5.5 after the only loss being underdogs +7.5. In the last game against the Nuggets they lost by 9 points on the road.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers 04/29/2019 is: take the Portland Trail Blazers +4.0 (Point Spread).
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