Path Blazers vs Nuggets Sport 1 Odds and Picks
Nikola Jokic & the Nuggets start their playoff run right this moment. (Picture by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
- The Denver Nuggets are one-point house favorites over the Portland Path Blazers in Sport 1 of their Western Convention first spherical collection Saturday night time on the Ball Middle
- The Nuggets took two of three video games from the Path Blazers within the common season
- A breakdown of Path Blazers-Nuggets and betting recommendation may be discovered beneath
In a rematch from final 12 months’s NBA playoffs – sans bubble – the Portland Path Blazers go to the Denver Nuggets in Sport 1 of a Western Convention first spherical collection at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday on the Ball Middle.
The Nuggets beat the Blazers in six video games within the first spherical final summer time. That collection was performed within the bubble at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla,
The sixth-seeded Path Blazers (42-30) completed robust within the common season, successful six of their final seven video games and 10 of their final 12. Included was a 132-116 house over the Nuggets final Sunday as 8.5-point favorites within the season finale.
The third-seeded Nuggets (47-25) had a three-game successful streak finish with that loss. The Nuggets received 30 of their final 40 video games after beginning the season 17-15.
Path Blazers vs Nuggets Odds
|Crew||Moneyline at FanDuel||Unfold||Complete|
|Portland Path Blazers||-102||+1 (-110)||Over 228 (-108)|
|Denver Nuggets||-116||-1 (-110)||Below 228 (-112)|
Odds as of Could twenty second
Guards Make Path Blazers Go
The backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum leads the Path Blazers and the duo averaged 51.9 factors per sport within the common season.
Lillard’s 28.8 common was third within the NBA. He had a season-high 50 factors on March sixteenth towards the New Orleans Pelicans and exceeded 40 factors six instances and 30 factors on 16 events.
— NBA (@NBA) Could 6, 2021
Lillard additionally dished 7.5 assists and grabbed 4.2 rebounds a sport. He ranked seventh within the league in assists and had 16 double-doubles.
McCollum had averages of 23.1 factors, 4.7 assists and three.9 rebounds. He had a 40-point sport in addition to six 30-point video games.
The acquisition of Norman Powell on the March twenty fifth commerce deadline from the Toronto Raptors gave the Path Blazers one other scoring menace at guard and supplied extra open appears for Lillard and McCollum. Powell averaged 17.0 factors in 27 video games for Portland.
NORMAN POWELL WITH A DEEP THREE 😱
This sport. pic.twitter.com/miTLRD6bpo
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 14, 2021
Enes Kanter was seventh within the league with 11.0 rebounds a sport. He had 4 video games with 20 boards.
Portland was fifth within the NBA in offensive score with 116.1 factors per 100 possessions however 29th in protection at 116.0.
Jokic Mr. Every little thing for Nuggets
The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic is taken into account the favourite for NBA MVP and understandably so. He has an impressive season, averaging 26.4 factors, 10.8 rebounds and eight.3 assists a sport whereas taking part in in all 72 video games.
The 2021 NBA finalists for MVP 🏆
Stephen Curry pic.twitter.com/VaiRUC0nIg
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) Could 20, 2021
Jokic had a 50-point sport Feb. 6 towards the Sacramento Kings. He additionally had 5 video games with at the very least 40 factors, 23 video games with at the very least 30 factors, a 22-rebound efficiency Jan. 23 versus the Phoenix Suns and two video games with at the very least 16 assists.
For good measure, Jokic posted 16 triple-doubles.
The Nuggets misplaced second-leading scorer Jamal Murray to a season-ending knee harm April 12. He had a 21.2 scoring common.
Nevertheless, Michael Porter Jr. has picked up a number of the slack in Murray’s absence, scoring 23.5 factors a sport over his remaining 17 video games of the season. Porter’s season averages have been 19.0 factors and seven.3 rebounds.
Highest eFG% in a season, min 19 PPG:
68.3% — Wilt Chamberlain
64.6% — Michael Porter Jr
We’ve simply seen the 2nd best 19+ PPG season in NBA historical past. pic.twitter.com/LvDEF5MKFT
— StatMuse (@statmuse) Could 17, 2021
PJ Dozier (proper groin soreness) is out for collection and Will Barton (strained proper hamstring) is out for Sport 1, although the Nuggets are hopeful he’ll return sooner or later within the collection. Austin Rivers (non-COVID-19 sickness) is questionable for Saturday.
The Nuggets’ 117.1 offensive score was seventh within the league they usually stood 12th in defensive score at 112.1.
Nuggets Received Season Sequence
Whereas the Path Blazers received final Sunday, the Nuggets took the season collection 2-1.
McCollum led Portland with 24 factors and 5 assists Sunday whereas Lillard had 22 factors and 10 assists and Jusef Nurkic completed with 20 factors and 13 rebounds. Denver bought 23 factors from seldom-used Markus Howard and 21 from Jokic.
The Nuggets received 111-106 on Feb. 23 at house as six-point favorites behind 41 factors from Jokic. Lillard had 25 factors and 13 assists for the Path Blazers.
On April 21 in Portland, the Nuggets edged the Path Blazers 106-105 at 1.5-point favorites. Jokic and Lillard shared game-high scoring honors with 25 factors apiece.
The Nuggets are slight favorites on this one however the Path Blazers are taking part in in addition to any workforce within the league.
- Choose: Path Blazers +1 (-110)
John Perrotto has been masking and writing about sports activities for varied shops for over 40 years. His work has appeared within the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Related Press, Baseball Digest, and extra. John relies out of Beaver Falls, PA.