Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Game 5 6/1/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Game 5 6/1/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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In Game 5 of this Western quarterfinal, the Denver Nuggets are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers at the Ball Arena in Denver on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 21:00 ET in a clash between the third and sixth best teams of the conference. The Blazers bounced back in game 4 after losing back-to-back games. They did so in an emphatic way, winning easily by 20 points and tying the series to 2-2 wins as to moves back to Denver for a crucial Game 5. 

The Nuggets finished the regular season with a 47-25 record and were 34-38 against the spread and 39-33 in over/under. They are coming off a road defeat against Portland with a 95-115 score. They had a terrible shooting night, making 34% of their shots from the field and 30% of their shots from downtown. The games was a blowout so none of their starters played more than 26 minutes and they were led in scoring by Nikola Jokic with 16 points. He added a team-high 9 rebounds but only dished a single assist.     

He leads the team in the playoffs both in scoring with 31 ppg and in rebounding with 11 per game, but dishes only 3 assists per game. Michael Porter Jr adds 15.3 ppg and 5.8 rebounds per game.  

The Nuggets score 113 ppg in the postseason and allow 115.5 ppg defensively. They have a 45.9% field goal percentage and a 36.5% 3-point percentage. They are 2-1 against the spread in their previous three matches. Over is 4-1 in their previous five matches.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Game 5 Predictions 6/1/2021

The Blazers finished the regular season with a 42-30 record and were 38-34 against the spread and 38-34 in over/under. They are coming off a home victory against the Nuggets with a 115-95 score. They shot with 50% from the field and won with Lillard struggling with his shot, making only one of his ten field goal attempts. But he added 8 rebounds and a game-high 10 assists, while Normal Powell led the team with 21 points and 8 assists. 

Lillard leads the Blazers both in scoring with 30.8 ppg and in assists made with 9.5 per game. CJ McCollum adds 21.3 ppg, 6.3 rebounds and 4 assists per game. 

The Blazers average 115.5 ppg offensively in the playoffs and allow 113 ppg defensively. They have a 47.4% field goal percentage and a 37.8% 3-point percentage. They are 5-2 against the spread in their previous seven matches. Over is 4-1 in their previous four matches. 

The Nuggets have a 4-3 lead over the Blazers this season and are 2-1 at home. Blazers are 6-2 against the spread in their previous eight matchups. Over is 4-1 in their previous five matchups. Denver has a 26-12 home record, while Portland is 23-15 on the road. This is going to be a close game, so I’m going to pick over 226 points today.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Game 5 6/1/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 21:00 ET 

Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO

Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

TV: NBA TV, ALT, NBCSNW

NBA Odds/Point Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -1.5 

NBA Totals: +226

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