Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Game 2 5/24/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Game 2 5/24/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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In Game 2 of this Western quarterfinal, the Denver Nuggets are hosting once again the Portland Trail Blazers at the Ball Arena in Denver on Monday, May 24, 2021, at 22:00 ET in a clash between the 3rd and 6th-best teams of the conference. The Blazers dominated the Nuggets in the opening game of the series, torching them from the deep and led by Damian Lillard, got away with a 123-109 road victory that gave them both the 1-0 lead in the series and the home court advantage. 

Denver had a 47-25 record in the regular season and were 34-38 against the spread and 39-33 in over/under. They are coming off a home defeat against the Blazers with a 109-123 score. Nikola Jokic did everything he could, scoring 34 points and grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr followed with 25 points and 9 boards, but shot with only 1-10 from behind the arc.    

Jokic leads the team in all major statistical categories. In scoring with 26.4 ppg, in boards grabbed with 10.8 and in dimes made with 8.3 per game. Jamal Murray adds 21.2 ppg, 4 boards and 4.8 dimes per game but he is out for the season. 

Denver average 115.1 ppg offensively, while allowing 110.1 ppg on defense. They are fourth-best in field goal percentage, shooting with 48.5% and having a 37.7% 3-point percentage. They are 2-5 against the spread in their previous seven matches. Over is 5-2 in their previous seven matches.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Game 2 Predictions 5/24/2021

Portland had a 42-30 record in the regular season and were 38-34 against the spread and 38-34 in over/under. They are coming off a road victory against Denver with a 123-109 score. Damian Lillard had a monster double double with a team-high 34 points and a game-high 13 assists, while making 5 triples. CJ McCollum added 21 points and 6 boards. 

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

Portland is 5th in the NBA offensively, scoring 116.1 ppg, while allowing 114.3 ppg on defense. They have a 45.3% field goal percentage and a 38.5% 3-point percentage. They are 5-1 against the spread in their previous six matches. Their last couple of games have been over the total.

Both teams are tied 2-2 wins so far this season. They are tied 1-1 wins in Denver, with the Nuggets having won with a 111-106 score and the Blazers with 109-123. Blazers are 5-0 against the spread in their previous five matchups. Over is 4-2 in their previous six matchups. Denver has a 25-12 home record, while Portland is 23-14 on the road. Whoever wins today, expect another high-scoring game, so pick over 228.5 points. 

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Game 2 5/24/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 22:00 ET 

Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO

Date: Monday, May 24, 2021

TV: TSN / NBCSN / TNT / Altitude Sports

NBA Odds/Point Spread: Denver Nuggets -1 

NBA Totals: +228.5

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