Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets
Tip-off: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – 9:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
YouWager experts agree that it’s been hard for the Denver Nuggets to put together full 48-minute efforts, however their strong fourth quarters seem to be working.
Tonight, Denver will try to extend its longest victory streak of the season to six when the cold-shooting Portland team goes for just their third road win in this matchup since 1999.
Denver (23-16) has trailed by at least 10 in each of their last three games, however they are still winning with clutch play in the final period. The Nuggets have outscored their rivals by an average of 9.8 in the fourth quarter since their last loss.
The Nuggets outscored the Golden State Warriors 37-18 in the final 12 minutes of Sunday’s 116-105 win to improve to 14-2 at home.
Denver, who last won six straight Jan. 17-27, will go for an eighth consecutive home victory over the Blazers (20-17) and 23rd in its last 25 visits.
Portland, losers of two straight basketball games following a 12-3 stretch, could find it difficult to come out victorious in Denver for the first time since Dec. 16, 2007, if they don’t manage to break their string of three consecutive games shooting 38.0 percent or worse.
Not counting LaMarcus Aldridge, who hit 15 of 26 attempts and scored a season-best 33, Portland shot 26.7 percent (16 of 60) in Sunday’s 87-83 home defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
According to the NBA betting predictions, the Nuggets could be another difficult matchup as they’re among the league leaders in field goal defense at 43.4 percent. The visiting Denver team held the Blazers to 35.9 percent from the field Dec. 20, but they lost 101-93 after missing all 22 3-point attempts to set a league record for most attempts without a make.
Denver might have a hard time approaching the 74 points in the paint they scored in that game as Aldridge sat out with an ankle injury, but they could still enjoy a big edge down low. The Nuggets lead the NBA with 46.4 rebounds and 55.9 points in the paint per game, while the Blazers are averaging 41.7 and 35.6.