POWER SPORTS' *10* DIVISION BEST OF THE BEST ~ 7-1 NBA RUN!
Portland vs. Denver,
02/04/2020 21:00 EDT,
Score: 99 - 127
Point Spread: -4½/-103 Denver
10* Denver (9:05 ET): You may have recently read (see Sunday analysis) how I’m not a huge buyer on the Nuggets vis a vis the other top teams in the West. But tonight is a much better situation for them than it was Sunday in Detroit when they lost outright in overtime, 128-123. This is a home game and the Nuggets will be hosting a Portland team that’s likely on fumes following three consecutive outright upsets of its own. The Blazers have won four in a row overall, also going 4-0 ATS. But they are 0-2 SU/ATS vs. Denver so far this season.
While I did cash the Pistons on Super Bowl Sunday, it bears mentioning that the Nuggets had a big lead early - by as many as 21 points. Prior to blowing that lead and losing, Denver had beaten both Utah (hot team) and won at Milwaukee (league’s best team) as a 13-point underdog. They did so while being relatively short-handed. One thing we can count on with the Nuggets now that they are back home is defense - they are giving up just 103.7 PPG at home this season. They allow just 99.7 PPG in division contests.
Led by a jaw-dropping offensive display from PG Damian Lillard, the Blazers have become viable again for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Lillard is averaging 48.8 points and 10.2 assists over the last six games. Portland has won all of those but one, however only one came on the road. The Blazers are only 10-16 SU on the road for this season with the team’s overall scoring declining by about seven points from when they play at home. As an underdog, they get outscored by 6.3 PPG. 10* Denver