Two of the best of the West clash on Sunday, when Denver try to extend their four-game winning streak when they host Golden State. And the Nuggets could get Wilson Chandler back from injury as they chase a 14th win from 16 home games this season.
Danilo Gallinari is averaging a team-best 16.4 points for Denver whose deep bench has been a spark in their improved offensive output since 2013 began. And they also have the confidence from defeating the Warriors 102-91 six weeks ago.
Golden State have lost two of their last three and had to scrap to scrape past Portland on Friday. They are, however, a good road team with an 11-7 record and they’ve rarely suffered heavy losses against better sides. Denver are favoured by -5.5 on the handicap but in a game that’s hard to call, go under the total points line of 208.5 at 1.91.
The resurgent Portland Trailblazers have won nine in a row at the Rose Garden and have a 20-16 mark overall - not bad for a side which is being out-scored by an average of two points per night. Their key has been holding opponents to less than 93 per night during their current home stand but they’ve got the tough task of keeping Oklahoma City in check.
The Thunder have maintained their high scoring of late, even on the road, and they’re a perfect 23-0 when scoring 100 points or more this season. It’s a mammoth task for the Blazers, who are underdogs by +5 on the handicap. But there’s good value on looking over the points line of 199.5.
Another side which has been surprising of late are the Toronto Raptors, who have held opponents under 90 points in five of their last 13 games, ten of which have ended in victories for the Commonwealth’s finest. They host Milwaukee, who are 2-1 under interim coach Jim Boylan, with the Bucks at +2 on the handicap here. But Monta Ellis has been spluttering of late and the Raps defence could make it a miserable trip north of the border.
Bet of the day: Go over 199.5 total points in Trailblazers-Thunder at 1.91.