Denver Nuggets adjust defense

Denver Nuggets adjust defense

The Denver Nuggets meet with the Portland Trail Blazers in a match that will see them retain their spot in their conference standings. However, the Nuggets have been struggling in defense, an area they need to improve. As for the Trail Blazers, offense is their number one key to their recent wins. These two teams are both coming from wins from their previous matches, which is why both have a good momentum in this game. Nuggets won against the Magic in a 119-116 win on their previous match. Trail Blazers on the other hand is from a dominating win against the Mavericks, 140-123. Their meeting will be on January 18, 2023, at 10:00 AM (GMT+8), with the Nuggets as hosts.

This meeting will be the fourth and the final meeting of these two teams in the regular season, with the Nuggets winning their last match, 120-107. The hosts are currently at the top of the Western Conference. They managed to win 30 of their 43 games, including 19 wins from their home turf. As for the visitors, they are at the 10th of the Western Conference, winning 21 of their 43 games. Their away games record can neither be good nor bad, as they won 10 of their 24 away games. They are hoping for a win in this game, in order to avoid dropping from the top 10 of their standings.

Denver Nuggets

NBA: Denver Nuggets
Photo courtesy of AP

The Nuggets have been phenomenal this season, which is not surprising, as they have the reigning MVP on their squad. From both ends of the floor, both offensively and defensively, although they need to improve more in defense. In offense, they do not have a problem as they have been doing well whether inside or outside. They are shooting 39.9% from beyond the arc, which is no longer a shock. Nuggets already proved that they have several guys who are capable of being extremely hot from beyond the arc. Unfortunately, when it comes to free-throw shooting, they are one of the worst teams in the league. They failed to take advantage of their free-throw shots, having a shooting percentage of 74.9% only. If they want to win this game, they must know to make use of these free shots. They are the seventh in offense with 117 points per game, and 14th in defense, allowing 113.1 points.

As expected, it was Nikola Jokic who leads the Nuggets when it comes to scoring, having 24.7 points per game, and 10.9 rebounds. Unfortunately, they have several guys who cannot make it in this game. Hyland, and Cancar are both a doubt in this game due to their injuries. Gillespie, and Green on the other hand are both out for this game.

Portland Trail Blazers

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers
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This squad is hoping to win as much games games as they need in order to avoid being eliminated from the top 10 of the Western Conference. Just like their opponent, the Trail Blazers already proved that they have several guys who can step-up for them. In fact, they also have several guys who could be hot beyond the arc. They are shooting 37.3% from beyond the arc, the seventh highest three-point shooting percentage in the league. However, it seems like they are unsuccessful when it comes to the free-throw line. They only made 78% of their free-throw attempts. In defense, the Trail Blazers failed to contest shots of their opponents, an area they need improvement. They are at the 17th in offense, having 113.3 points per game, and 13th in defense, allowing 112.6 points.

Damian Lillard leads the Trail Blazers with 28.8 points per game, along with 7.1 assists. He is also helped by Anfernee Simons, who is chipping in 21.9 points per game. Unfortunately, Justice Winslow is out for this game, as he continue to nurse his ankle injury.

Prediction:

Denver Nuggets
Total Under: 121.5
Odds: 0.87

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