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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(3-2) Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (2-3)
Date: Thursday, June 3rd
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nuggets +180 | Blazers -190
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -5
NBA Betting Total: 227.5
Thursday, June 3rd the Denver Nuggets will attempt to win the first-round series versus the Portland Trail Blazers. Denver battled to capture the Game 5 double-overtime match in what was the best game of the playoffs thus far.
That either team had to suffer a loss in that match seems exceedingly unfair but for Damian Lillard who delivered one of the best performances in playoff history, it has to be devastating.
In a match that featured superstars, it was Nikola Jokic who got to leave the hardwood with the victory behind a double-double of 38 points and 11 rebounds plus nine assists, a steal, and four blocks.
Michael Porter Jr. said he needed to be better and he was, also collecting a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds plus three assists, two steals as well as a team-best plus +11.
Monte Morris had the game of his life putting up 28 points besting his previous game-high of 21 and playoff high of 14 with 10 of the 11 points coming at the charity stripe.
Aaron Gordon also delivered a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds while Austin Rivers came up big with 18 points with four of his eight 3-pointers dropping.
Will Barton (right hamstring strain), is questionable while PJ Dozier (right adductor strain) remains out. Jamal Murray (torn ACL) lost for the season.
Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard delivered the best performance of the 2021 playoffs thus far but it wasn’t enough to beat the Nuggets.
Lillard produced the fifth-highest point total in playoff history with 55 points on 17 of 24 from the field and entered the record books connecting on 12 of his 17 perimeter shots.
Dame led the way with one of the Blazers’ three double-double performances adding 10 assists plus six rebounds, a steal, and three blocks.
Time after time he nailed long-range missiles but two mistakes by his teammates ended up costing the Blazers. First Robert Covington missed a wide-open dunk and then CJ McCollum stepped out of bounds turning over the ball.
Other than the missed dunk, RoCo had his best game of the playoffs with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic was the third Blazer to collect a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) but fouled out.
McCollum (18 points on 7 of 22) and Norm Powell (13 points on 5 of 14) reached double-digit scoring but had rough shooting nights combining to shoot 12 of 36 from the field and 2 of 11 from deep.
Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture rehabilitation) is out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Nuggets are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Blazers are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The total has gone over in 5 of Denver’s last 6 games.
- The total has gone over in 5 of Portland’s last 6 games.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
With such a devastating loss it will be hard for the Blazers to summon the effort necessary but they’ll have to find a way if they want to extend the series.
A key takeaway from the Game 5 match was the production of the reserve units. Denver dominated that aspect of the match scoring 48 points to 24 for Portland.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bet the over
The others on Portland owe Dame for Game 5 and need to step up to force a Game 7 back in Denver. If not, it could have a major impact on the roster and coaching staff this offseason.
I’ll take the Blazers in another tight match simply because fans deserve for this series to go seven (and so does Lillard).
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