Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Friday, December 23, 2022

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The Denver Nuggets (19-11) host the Portland Trail Blazers (17-15), with the matchup tipping off at 9:00 PM ET from Ball Arena on Friday, December 23, 2022. The Nuggets are 4.5-point favorites in the game. The point total for this matchup is set at 232.5.

How to bet Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers

Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 4.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Nuggets as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Nuggets have -190 odds to pick up the win, while the Trail Blazers are listed at +160 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 232.5 points.

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Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, December 23, 2022
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ALT
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • Arena: Ball Arena

Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers Betting Trends

The Nuggets have played 30 games, with 14 wins against the spread. Denver has won 15, or 65.2%, of the 23 contests in which it was the favorite this year. Nuggets games this year have hit the over on 14 of 32 set point totals.

The Trail Blazers have 18 wins against the spread in 32 games this season. Portland has won 50% of the games this season it was the moneyline underdog (9-9). The Trail Blazers have hit the over 50% of the time this year (16 of 32 games with a set point total).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Nuggets

Nuggets Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Nikola Jokic 27 24.7 11 9.2 1.5 0.7 0.8
Jamal Murray 25 17.5 3.7 5.4 0.8 0.2 1.8
Aaron Gordon 27 17.3 6.4 2.1 0.9 0.8 1.1
Michael Porter Jr. 16 16.4 6 1.3 0.6 0.4 2.9
Nah’Shon Hyland 22 13.7 2.1 3.2 0.7 0.4 2.5

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Damian Lillard 20 27.7 3.7 7.1 0.9 0.2 4.4
Anfernee Simons 30 22.8 2.9 4.2 0.8 0.2 4
Jerami Grant 30 21.8 4.2 2.7 0.8 0.8 2.6
Jusuf Nurkic 28 14.4 9.8 2.9 0.7 0.9 0.7
Josh Hart 30 9.7 8.2 3.8 1.3 0.1 0.7
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Nuggets: Michael Porter: Questionable (Heel), Jeff Green: Probable (Back), Jamal Murray: Questionable (Ankle), Collin Gillespie: Out (Lower Leg)

Trail Blazers: Drew Eubanks: Probable (Hip), Josh Hart: Probable (Ankle), Justise Winslow: Doubtful (Ankle), Jusuf Nurkic: Probable (Calf), Damian Lillard: Probable (Wrist), Nassir Little: Out (Hip), Olivier Sarr: Out (Wrist), Gary Payton: Out (Abdomen)

What you need to know about the Denver Nuggets

Denver is averaging 115.4 points per game (seventh-ranked in NBA) this season, while allowing 114 points per contest (17th-ranked). The Nuggets are scoring 117.7 points per game this season when playing at home, which is four more points than they’re averaging away from home (113.7). The Nuggets have seen an increase in scoring lately, racking up 115.9 points per game in their last 10 outings, 0.5 points more than the 115.4 they’ve scored this season.

Denver is making 11.6 threes per game this season (15th-ranked in NBA), and it sports a 38.7% three-point percentage (second-best). When it comes to shot breakdown, the Nuggets have taken 65.2% two-pointers (accounting for 73.2% of the team’s baskets) and 34.8% threes (26.8%).

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What you need to know about the Portland Trail Blazers

In 2022-23, Portland is 18th in the NBA offensively (112.1 points scored per game) and 11th defensively (111.7 points conceded). At home, the Trail Blazers score 116.8 points per game. On the road, they average 108.9. The Trail Blazers are tallying 117.3 points per game over their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 112.1.

Beyond the arc, Portland is ninth in the league in 3-pointers made per game (12.9). It is best in 3-point percentage at 38.9%. In 2022-23, the Trail Blazers have taken 60.6% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 39.4% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 67.8% of the Trail Blazers’ baskets have been 2-pointers, and 32.2% have been 3-pointers.

Our pick to win this game is the Nuggets, and we project that Trail Blazers will cover the spread (Nuggets -4.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 232.5 points.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Smullen

Hailing all the way from Dublin, Ireland, Dan Smullen has BSC. in the Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick. He is data obsessed. In the past he has worked both as a video performance analyst and provided biometric performance testing and analysis for professional rugby teams. Dan is obsessed about helping the average punter become more successful at sports betting through the assistance of good sports betting data analysis. He has worked with over 200 journalists at multiple editorial teams in his previous role as Head of Search for the largest national news publisher in Ireland.

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