NBA Odds

Nuggets Getting No Respect Against Blazers

Peter Dewey
The Nuggets' first-round series with Portland is a toss up in Vegas.
The Nuggets' first-round series with Portland is a toss up in Vegas. / Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Nikola Jokic may have the best odds on WynnBET to win the league’s MVP award (-10000), but that doesn’t mean his Denver Nuggets are getting any respect in their first-round matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Denver may be the Western Conference’s No. 3 seed, but WynnBET has given them the same odds (-120) as Portland to advance to the second round. What may be even more surprising is that a Blazers 4-2 series win has the same odds as a Nuggets 4-3 series win as both are +350 and the favorites for the outcome. 

Are these two teams really that even? Jokic has been on another planet this year (hence why he’s the consensus MVP), but the Nuggets did lose guard Jamal Murray for the season due to a knee injury. 

Even without Murray, Denver didn’t miss a beat as they went 16-8 without its star guard this season. The Nuggets also took home both of their matchups with Portland earlier this year before they rested players in their loss to the Blazers in the regular season finale. 

Portland has a solid scoring duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum at guard, but Denver certainly has plenty of firepower of its own behind Jokic. 

Both guards Monte Morris and Will Barton are expected to play in the series, and forward Michael Porter Jr. averaged 22.9 points per game on 55.3 percent shooting over the season’s final two months. 

Lillard has shown a knack for making things happen in the first round as he has hit two iconic, series-ending shots in the first round in his career.