The NBA this season has been headlined basically by three different
teams the defending champion Boston Celtics, LeBron James Cleveland
Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers. These are all great teams that
will probably be in the mix come June, but there are a few teams
this year that have flown under the radar as they have quickly moved
up the ranks in the NBA.
Two of these teams that have made vast improvements have been the
Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trailblazers.
Last season both of these teams were good, but seemed to have fatal
flaws that either kept them out of the playoffs or made them fall
short in the first round. The Nuggets made a huge improvement this
season by saying goodbye to Allen Iverson in exchange for a proven
winner in point guard Chauncey Billups. Iverson may be basketball
hall of fame bound, but his score first mentality was just killing
the Nuggets chemistry. With the addition of the 2004 NBA Finals MVP
in Billups, the Nuggets have skyrocketed their way to third place in
the Western conference standings just behind the San Antonio Spurs
and the Los Angeles Lakers.
At first the move to bring Billups back to his hometown in the
Denver was questioned pretty heavily as Iverson had become a fan
favorite and the face of the franchise alongside Carmelo Anthony.
Ultimately though the move turned out to be quite possibly the best
trade the Nuggets had ever made as Billups has helped create some
much needed team chemistry and become the teamís unsung leader on
Not only are the Nuggets playing extremely well right now,
especially after convincingly taking down the Lakers in Denver, the
have finally started to be a force on the defensive end of the
floor. The Nuggets have never had a problem scoring the basketball,
but their defense has been no existent in the past which was their
The Blazers have also found success this season as their big three
in Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden have finally gotten
a chance to play together for the majority of the season. As a
result the Blazers are one of the most promising teams of the
future. Although they may not be title contenders just yet they
definitely still a team to be reckoned with in the West this season.
Controversy has hit Nuggets as of late though as Carmelo Anthony was
suspended for one game because of an in-game transgression against
the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. Anthony will play against Portland,
but there could be some problems brewing in Denver.
The Blazers also have some problems of their own as Greg Oden has
gone down yet again with another knee injury. This isnít a major
injury, but bad enough to keep him out of this game against the
Although both these teams are playing great basketball right now,
the Nuggets are definitely the better of the two teams and should
come out with the victory in this one especially with Greg Oden out
of the lineup. Both
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Nuggets -4.5 woth a total of 198.5 and we'll lay the points.
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