NBA Playoffs -- Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Pick and Prediction

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NBA Playoffs -- Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers

Play Time: Monday,May 24 2021 22:00

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NBA Playoffs -- Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Pick and Prediction

 

The Denver Nuggets will try to level their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers when they host Game 2 at Ball Arena.

 

The first game was a back-and-forth affair until the Blazers pulled away in the fourth quarter. Led by Damian Lillard's 34-point effort, Portland eventually cruised to a 123-109 victory.

 

The Nuggets' Nikola Jokic also tallied 34 but did not receive enough support as Denver struggled to handle the offensive barrage of the Trail Blazers.

 

 

NBA Playoffs -- Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Pick and Prediction

 

Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets clearly struggled in the absence of Jamal Murray, PJ Dozier and Will Barton as they failed to fire on the offensive end of the court in Game 1. They managed to stay within touching distance of the Blazers for the most part, but the visitors pulled away down the stretch. On Saturday, Denver led by as many as nine points and outscored Portland 52-38 in the paint. The Nuggets outrebounded the Trail Blazers by a 48-39 margin and shot 51 percent from the field. In regular season, the Denver Nuggets are averaging 115.1 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 108.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.

 

 

NBA Playoffs -- Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Pick and Prediction

 

Portland Trail Blazers 

The sixth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers served notice of their intentions with an emphatic performance in the first game. Seven players scored in double-digits to propel them down the stretch. They knocked down 19-for-40 from long distance and assisted on 29 of their 43 made field goals. In regular season, the Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 116.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 42.3 percent shooting. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82.3 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game.

 

Prediction

The Denver Nuggets' injuries could cost them a deep playoff run, with their limited rotation unable to step up. The Nuggets were poor from beyond the arc in Game 1 but if they can hit their stride and make some threes early in the second game, things could get interesting.

 

However, the Portland Trail Blazers are riding a wave of confidence and could have too much firepower for the Nuggets to contend with.

 

 

NBA Free Pick: Portland Trail Blazers +1.5

 

 

 

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