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NBA Lines - Denver at Portland

NBA lines handicappers have respect for the abilities of Denver despite the turmoil of Carmelo Anthony as they are a threat to cover anytime with the NBA betting odds.
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NBA lines expectations continue to grow for the Portland Trailblazers as they are looking like a legitimate threat with the NBA betting odds to challenge for the Western Conference title.

The Portland Trailblazers will host the Denver Nuggets in a key Western Conference matchup that will be telecast Thursday night on TNT with a starting time of 10:30 PM Eastern Time.  Be sure and check Sports-Gambling for the side and total odds on this one and open your account today.

The Portland Trailblazers had a basketball sports betting record of 7-5 straight up and 6-4-2 against the spread with an even 6-6 split on over/unders.  Portland had covered 3 of their 4 home games with 3 of the games going under the number.

Portland was coming off a 100-99 win at Memphis as they scored a push on the board and snapped a 2 game losing streak.  The Blazers went over the total for the 3rd consecutive game.  Despite the less than spectacular record Portland is impressing handicappers with their defense that is ranked 9th in the NBA.

Coach Nate McMillan is known for his defensive expertise and his emphasis on that end of the court and that is what is needed for a strong playoff run next spring.  The offense, on the other hand, has been inconsistent and ranks 20th in the NBA for scoring.

Portland is also suffering from key injury concerns beginning with Brandon Roy, who is questionable for this one with a knee problem.

Centers Marcus Camby and Joel Przybilla are also questionable and yet another center, Greg Oden, is out until late November.  Roy was the leading scorer on the team with 18.1 points per game while Camby led in rebounds with 10.9 per game.

Despite the distraction of the ongoing saga of whether or not Anthony will be traded the Nuggets had a winning basketball betting online record of 6-5 straight up although they were 4-6-1 against the spread with 7 of their games going under the total.

Anthony was the leading scorer and rebounder on the team with 24.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.  Denver is something of the opposite of Portland with the NBA lines in that they rank 5th in the NBA for scoring offense and 22nd for defense.