Free NBA Picks Today: Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers 1/17/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers 1/17/23
Tue 17th January 2023

The Portland Trail Blazers (21-22, 10-14 Away) will try to slow down the league’s top shooting team when they are on the road to face the Denver Nuggets (30-13, 19-3 Home) on Tuesday.

Portland defeated the Dallas Mavericks 140-123 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter on Sunday. Damian Lillard was a top performer with 40 points and six assists.

The Trail Blazers are the 11th seed in the Western Conference. Denver won their sixth in a row in a close one on Sunday at Ball Arena, beating the Orlando Magic 119-116. Aaron Gordon tallied 25 points to lead the team in scoring.

With 17 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds, Nikola Jokic also played a part. The Nuggets are atop the Western Conference, currently sitting in first. It’s the last meeting of the season between the teams. Portland will be looking to split the season series after triumphing in only one of the three earlier meetings.

Denver won the last showdown 120-107 at Ball Arena in December 2022. Jokic led the Nuggets with 29 points and 11 assists. Lillard had 34 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in the loss. Lillard is averaging 28.8 points per game, eighth-highest in the league, to lead the Blazers in scoring this season.

Lillard also has dished 7.1 assists per game. Meanwhile, Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 10.0 rebounds. Jokic’s 24.7 points per game have powered the Nuggets on offense. Jokic has also put up 10.9 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game, for which he ranks fifth and third in the league, respectively.

The Nuggets are the league’s most accurate team from the field at 50.9%. The Trail Blazers have struggled in recent games at Ball Arena, losing eight of the last 10. Portland is looking to avoid an eighth straight road loss this season. Denver is looking for a 14th consecutive win at home this season.

In the last 10 games, Portland is 4-6 with an average margin of +3.1 (117.6-114.5). Denver has an 8-2 record over the last 10, scoring 120.9 points per game on average while holding opponents to 110.5 (+10.4 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Trendon Watford: 2.7 | 10.0 | -7.4
Points per game:
Damian Lillard: 38.0 | 28.8 | +9.2


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Assists per game:
Nikola Jokic: 12.3 | 9.8 | +2.5

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