NBA Playoff Betting Preview Game 2 New Orleans Hornets versus Denver Nuggets
The New Orleans Hornets will look to bounce back in game 2 of their best of 7 series against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Tip off time is scheduled for 10:30PM Eastern Time with TNT televising. The Nuggets lead the series 1-0 following their 113-84 pounding of the Hornets on Sunday night. Denver remains the favorite to the win this NBA playoff series as the adjusted series price shows the Nuggets as the –360 favorite with the Hornets bringing back +280 to pull off the upset series victory. LVSC has sent out the opening numbers for game 2 and the Nuggets are a 6-point favorite with the over under coming at 196. There has been some movement on the line as the Hornets have gotten some of the money, as the Nuggets are now a 5-½ point favorite. The total has seen upward movement in the betting as the over under is currently lined at 196 ½.
Denver buried the New Orleans Hornets in game 2 after a strong second half that saw the Nuggets out score New Orleans 58-37. The Nuggets hit on 50% of their shots from the field in the opening game and 52% from the three-point line. Chauncy Billips was hot from the field hitting on 10-15 overall and 8-9 from beyond the arc for 36 points. The Nuggets were also good on the glass as they out rebounded the Hornets 49-35. New Orleans has been out rebounded in 7 of their past 8 games giving opponents extra possessions at the basket. Chris Paul was 7-19 from the field for 21 points and David West just 4-16 for 12. The Hornets continue to have problems getting contributions offensively from players other than West and Paul. Another issue with the Hornet is their duo has been used extensively during the close of the season logging in well over 40 minutes a game late in the regular season. They are not on fresh legs.
Trend: The over is 9-4 in their past 13 meetings in Denver
The Wagerline consensus has 69.3% of the bettors on Denver –5 1/2
The Wagerline consensus has 70.2% of the bettors playing over 196 1/2