Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets 5/22/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets 5/22/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Denver Nuggets are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers at the Ball Arena in Denver on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 22:30 ET in Game 1 of this Western quarterfinal between the third and sixth-best teams of the conference. The Nuggets were 4-4 in their previous eight matches and lost by Portland in the season finale. The Blazers finished the season strong, having lost only twice in their previous twelve matches. 

The Nuggets finished the regular season with a 47-25 record and are 34-38 against the spread and 39-33 in over/under. They are coming off a road defeat against the Blazers with a 116-132 score. Only Nikola Jokic played scored double digits from their starters with 21 points but with only 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 16 minutes of action.    

He leads the team in all major statistical categories. In scoring with 26.4 ppg, in rebounding with 10.8 and in assists made with 8.3 per game. Jamal Murray adds 21.2 ppg, 4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game but he will not return this season. 

Nuggets score 115.1 ppg offensively and allow 110.1 ppg defensively. They have the fourth-best field goal percentage with 48.5% and a 37.7% 3-point percentage. They are 2-4 against the spread in their previous six matches. Over is 4-2 in their previous six matches.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Predictions 5/22/2021

The Blazers finished the regular season with a 42-30 record and are 38-34 against the spread and 38-34 in over/under. They are coming off a home victory against the Nuggets with a 132-116 score. They had three players with 20+ points, led by CJ McCollum with 24 points with 5 triples and 5 assists. Damian Lillard added 22 points and a game-high 10 assists. 

Lillard leads the team both in scoring with 28.7 ppg and in assists made with 7.5, adding 4.2 rebounds per game. CJ McCollum follows with 23.1 ppg, 3.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. 

Blazers have the fifth-best offense in the league with 116.1 ppg and allow 114.3 ppg defensively. They have a 45.3% field goal percentage and a 38.5% 3-point percentage. They are 4-1 against the spread in their previous five matches. Under is 4-2 in their previous six matches. 

Denver led Portland 2-1 wins during the regular season. They won the only home matchup with a 111-106 score. Blazers are 4-0 against the spread in their previous four matchups. Under is 5-3 in their previous eight matchups. The Nuggets are 25-11 at home, while the Blazers are 22-14 on the road. Nuggets are missing their starting backcourt players, so I’m going to pick the Blazers with +1 tonight. 

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets 5/22/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 22:30 ET 

Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021

TV: ESPN, ALT, NBCSNW

NBA Odds/Point Spread: Denver Nuggets -1 

NBA Totals: +227.5

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