Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Portland Trail Blazers are hosting the Denver Nuggets at the Moda Center in Portland on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 9:00 ET. Both teams have already qualified for the playoffs but are fighting for the best possible position. The Blazers are 5-1 in their previous six matches and are in the sixth place, half a game above the seventh Lakers and the position that will force them into the play-in tournament. The Nuggets have three consecutive wins and are tied for third in the West. 

The Blazers have a 41-30 record and are 37-34 against the spread and 37-34 in over/under. They are coming off a road defeat against the Suns with a 117-118 score, even though they shot with 54% from the field and 45% from behind the arc. Damian Lillard scored a game-high 41 points, adding 5 rebounds and 5 assists. 

He leads the team both in scoring with 28.8 ppg and in assists made with 7.5, adding 4.2 rebounds per game. CJ McCollum follows with 23.1 ppg, 4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. 

Blazers have the fifth-best offense in the league with 115.9 ppg and allow 114.3 ppg defensively. They have a 45.2% field goal percentage and a 38.5% 3-point percentage. They are 3-1 against the spread in their previous four matches. Over is 4-1 in their previous five matches. 

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Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Predictions 5/16/2021

The Nuggets have a 47-24 record and are 34-37 against the spread and 38-33 in over/under. They are coming off a road victory against the Pistons with a 104-91 score. Only Nikola Jokic played from their regular starters and led the way along with Markus Howard with 20 points apiece. Jokic managed to triple double with 15 rebounds and 11 assists.   

He leads the team in all major statistical categories. In scoring with 26.4 ppg, in rebounding with 10.9 and in assists made with 8.4 per game. Jamal Murray adds 21.2 ppg, 4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game but he will miss the rest of the season. 

Nuggets score 115 ppg and allow 109.8 ppg defensively. They have the fourth-best field goal percentage with 48.5% and a 37.6% 3-point percentage. Under is 5-3 in their previous eight matches.

Nuggets have won both previous matchups against the Blazers this year. At home with a 111-106 score and on the road with 105-106. Blazers are 3-0 against the spread in their previous three matchups. Under is 5-3 in their previous eight matchups. The Blazers are 19-16 at home, while the Nuggets are 22-13 on the road. The Blazers are desperate for this win in order to avoid the play-in tournament, so pick the Nuggets in this one. 

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Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 9:00 ET 

Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021

TV: NBCSN / Altitude Sports

NBA Odds/Point Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -8.5

NBA Totals: 230.5

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