TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION THURSDAY, JUNE 3RD
#546 PORTLAND (-4′) over Denver at 8 PM EST
Off the hard-fought 147-140 loss at Denver and with elimination on the line, Portland will rally the troops and force a Game 7 with a solid effort in this postseason battle. Trailblazers start Damian Lillard zapped the Nuggets for 55 points in Game 5 and he will help key this win and cover.
When taking the floor off a SU and ATS road loss, the Blazers have responded by inking a respectable 26-18 SU and 26-17-1 ATS record in their next game. In this situation running with rest, head coach Terry Stotts’ crew improves to a healthy 24-11 SU and 23-11-1 ATS. Equally impressive, at home in division play and battling an opponent that holds a team won/loss percentage of .640 or higher, Portland sports a respectable 29-19 SU and 30-17-1 ATS mark including an elite 14-8 SU and 17-4-1 ATS provided it hits the hardwood off a straight up loss.
This isn’t the best spot for the Nuggets either. On the road arriving with steam off a SU and ATS victory, Denver has been at its financial worst posting an ugly 35-71 SU and 37-66-3 ATS record. In this role battling a foe that arrives off a straight up loss, the Nuggets fall to a woeful 19-46 SU and 20-42-3 ATS including a horrible 11-27 SU and 9-27-2 ATS provided they hold a team won/loss percentage of .552 or better. Also, as a postseason guest, Denver holds a weak 11-40 SU and 21-30 ATS mark including a nasty 3-16 SU and 6-13 ATS provided they check in off a SU and ATS victory.
In what should be a very entertaining battle, the home versus road dichotomy will prove to be the difference in this matchup. Take Portland. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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