Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers - February 23, 2024

NBA Games Live Today: Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers - February 23, 2024

Game Analysis

The Denver Nuggets, after a mixed performance in their last eight games, face the Portland Trail Blazers, who are looking to break a six-game losing streak. The Nuggets, with a strong record of 36-19, rely on the exceptional play of Nikola Jokic, who's averaging 26.1 points and 12 rebounds, backed by Jamal Murray's 20.5 points per game. Their offense and defense have been solid, with the team averaging 113.9 points on 48.9 percent shooting while allowing 110.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting.

The Trail Blazers, with a record of 15-39, are in a tough spot, ranking low in scoring and shooting efficiency. Their recent performance has seen them struggle, notably in a heavy loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. With key injuries affecting their lineup, Portland's young talent like Scoot Henderson is under the spotlight for development as the season progresses.

Predictions and Odds

The Nuggets are favored to win against the Blazers, with Portland facing challenges in both their offensive and defensive gameplays. Denver's inside presence, led by Jokic, is expected to dominate, exploiting Portland's weaknesses in the paint. The game being a back-to-back for Denver is noted, but the Nuggets' depth and defensive capabilities are likely to counteract any fatigue. The Blazers' key injuries and recent form hint at Denver being able to cover the spread. Betting trends lean towards Denver covering the -9.5 points spread and the under on the total points, given the defensive play expected from both teams.

Betting Insights:

  • Spread: Nuggets -9.5
  • Total (O/U): Under 219.5 points

Despite the Blazers' defensive ranking against the three-pointer, Denver's overall efficiency and Portland's offensive struggles are set to impact the game's outcome. With Denver's solid defense and Portland's inability to score heavily, the under on total points appears to be a strong bet.


This game presents a significant challenge for the Trail Blazers as they face the defending NBA Champions in the Nuggets. Denver's balanced attack and strong defense are expected to prove too much for a struggling Portland team. The Nuggets' performance, especially from their stars Jokic and Murray, will be key to securing a victory and covering the spread in this matchup.

Author: Dan Anderson