After a tough Game 1, the Portland Trail Blazers look to even their Western Conference Semifinal series with the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, April 30. Will the Nuggets go up 2-0? Or, will Portland head home for Game 3 with the series tied? See below for NBA Playoffs betting odds, analysis, and a free pick for Nuggets-Trail Blazers Game 2!
Nuggets vs Trail Blazers NBA Playoffs Game 2 Odds, Preview & Prediction
- When: Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00pm ET
- Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
- TV: TNT
- Radio: Denver / Portland
- Live Stream: NBA.tv
- ATS Odds: Nuggets -3 ½
- Over/Under Total Odds: 217
Why Portland Trail Blazers are a good bet at +3 ½?
Portland ended up losing by 8, but up until the third quarter, the Trail Blazers appeared destined for a Game 1 upset victory. Portland and Denver were even at 32-32 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Nuggets only outscored Portland 26-23. The halftime score, 58-55 in favor of Denver, was nothing Portland could escape from. But, then, they came out flat and allowed Denver to win the third quarter 35-29. If Portland can play well in all four quarters on Wednesday night, they can upset the Denver Nuggets in Game 2.
- Points/G: 114.7
- Field Goal %: 46.7
- 3-Point %: 35.9
- Free Throw %: 81.4
- Rebounds/G: 48.0
- Points/G: 110.5
- Field Goal %: 45.7
- 3-Point %: 35.9
- Free Throw %: 77.0
- Rebounds/G: 42.8
Why Denver Nuggets are a good bet at -3 ½?
Denver had their inside/outside game working in Game 1 with Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. Murray had 23 points, 8 assists, 2 steals, and only a single turnover. Jokic had 37 points, 6 assists, and 9 rebounds.
To win Game 2 and cover the spread, all Denver must do is continue to lean on Murray and Jokic. If the Nuggets do that on Wednesday night, they should take a 2 games lead over the Trail Blazers as well as make it two in a row against the spread.
- Points/G: 110.7
- Field Goal %: 46.6
- 3-Point %: 35.1
- Free Throw %: 75.5
- Rebounds/G: 46.4
- Points/G: 106.7
- Field Goal %: 45.8
- 3-Point %: 33.9
- Free Throw %: 75.3
- Rebounds/G: 42.5
NBA Playoffs Betting Trends for Nuggets vs Trail Blazers
- Trail Blazers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Trail Blazers are 1-6-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings
- Nuggets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinal games
- Nuggets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a win
- Nuggets are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 1 day rest
Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Game 2 Final Analysis
Trends don’t give us much help because both teams have positive and negative trends. The real key for Denver to win and cover has been the key for them this entire season. Nikola Jokic is the most unique player in the NBA.
He’s a 7-foot center that passes the ball like a point-guard, can run the break, shoot the three, and has a knack for rebounding. It’s almost like he’s Charles Barkley 2.0, taller with a better three-point shot than Chuck.
Portland simply can’t match up with him. The Spurs tried with LaMarcus Aldridge and that ended up failing. As long as Jokic remains healthy, the Nuggets should win and cover the spread in this series.
NBA Playoffs Betting Pick: Nuggets -3 ½