Nuggets vs Trail Blazers
This Western Conference Nuggets vs Trail Blazers matchup features a pair of underachieving teams. The Nuggets are accustomed to being much nearer the top of the playoff standings. They sit just a single game over .500. Comparatively however, the Trail Blazers have been far worse. Injuries and absences thus far have somewhat derailed their season. They are eight games under .500 which is a real disappointment for a team with real winning playoff aspirations.
Those same absences will continue to plague the Trail Blazers in this game. They will be without their top four guards. Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Norman Powell and Anfernee Simons are all out. In addition, Larry Nance will be missing from the forward rotation.
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This game will be played at Ball Arena at 10:00 PM ET on Thursday, January 13th 2022.
Why Bet The Nuggets
✅ Make no mistake, player availability is the biggest factor in this matchup. The Trail Blazers are missing their top four guards and wings in this matchup. All of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Norman Powell and Anfernee Simons will be out for this game. This positional disaster obviously ushers in far too many minutes for replacement level players. With the nature of the Trail Blazers scoring, it will be an even bigger disaster than it would be for most teams. Of the 108.8 points per game that the Trail Blazers score, the missing quartet of players averages 77.1 of those points.
✅ At full strength or not, the Trail Blazers have continued to be the league’s worst road team this season. The 2-13 road record is laughably bad. What’s more, the statistics might be worse than the actual record. The Blazers are the least efficient defensive road team in the league, and by a wide margin. They allow four more points per 100 possessions than the second worst team. They are one of four teams that allow more than 115 points per game, despite playing at a significantly slower pace than the other three. Only the Pistons are worse than the Blazers in road scoring differential. The Blazers lose road games by an average of 12.2 points.
Easy Matchup For The Nuggets
✅ While the Nuggets have had their own struggles with player absences this season, they are far better off than the Blazers. Will Barton will return for this game, and mist importantly, Nikola Jokic remains in the lineup. The Nuggets are a solid home team that will have the majority of their remaining schedule played at home. They will ascend as the season progresses. This game will be a proverbial lay up for them. The Blazers cannot stop anyone at the defensive end and are missing all of their scoring. Take the Nuggets -8.