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Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers: Don Best NBA Playoff Odds & Trends for 5/22/2021

The Denver Nuggets (47-25, 0-0) are 1.5-point favorites heading into Game 1 of the opening round of the NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers (42-30, 0-0) at Ball Arena on Saturday, starting at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN. The series is tied .

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How to Watch

Time: 10:30 PM EST
TV Channel: ESPN

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Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers Betting Data

Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Nuggets -1.5 -110 -110 226.5 -110 -110

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Nuggets Betting Data

  • Denver has failed to beat the spread more often than not this season, going 34-38.
  • The Nuggets' record against the spread as at least a 1.5-point favorite is above .500 at 28-27.
  • Denver regularly hits the over, breaking the point total in 39 of 72 games (54.2%).

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Trail Blazers Betting Data

  • Portland has a winning record (38-34) against the spread this season.
  • The Trail Blazers are .500 against the spread (20-20) when at least 1.5-point underdogs.
  • Portland has hit the over in 36 of 72 games this season (50%).

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Point Total Insights

  • Denver's games this year have gone over the point total for Saturday's matchup point total (226.5 points) in 51.4% of opportunities (37 out of 72 matchups).
  • In Portland's games this season, the competing teams combined for a higher point total than Saturday's matchup point total in 40 out of 72 matchups (55.6%).
  • The point total for the contest of 226.5 is 4.7 points fewer than the combined points per game averages for the Nuggets (115.1 points per game) and the Trail Blazers (116.1 points per game).
  • The 224.4 points per game these two teams surrender to opponents on average this season are 2.1 fewer than the 226.5 over/under in this contest.
  • On average, the over/under in Nuggets games is 1.3 points fewer than the over/under of 226.5 points in this matchup.
  • A difference of 3.9 points separates the average total points bet in Trail Blazers' games (230.4 points) and this matchup's over/under (226.5 points).

Previous Matchups

Denver has won a majority of its last 10 games against Portland, going 6-4, while the Trail Blazers have a better against the spread record, 4-3, than the Nuggets in those contests between the two teams.

Nuggets vs Trail Blazers in 2020-21
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
5/16/2021 Trail Blazers Trail Blazers -8.5 230 -396 306 Regular Season 132-116 POR
4/21/2021 Nuggets Trail Blazers -2 230 -128 107 Regular Season 106-105 DEN
2/23/2021 Nuggets Nuggets -6 232 -241 196 Regular Season 111-106 DEN
8/6/2020 Trail Blazers Nuggets -4.5 229.5 -200 165 Regular Season 125-115 POR
2/4/2020 Nuggets Nuggets -4.5 225.5 -190 158 Regular Season 127-99 DEN
12/12/2019 Nuggets Nuggets -7.5 216.5 -313 246 Regular Season 114-99 DEN
10/23/2019 Nuggets Trail Blazers -1.5 217.5 -116 -103 Regular Season 108-100 DEN
5/12/2019 - Nuggets - - - - Playoffs 100-96 POR
5/9/2019 - Trail Blazers - - - - Playoffs 119-108 POR
5/7/2019 - Nuggets - - - - Playoffs 124-98 DEN

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Nuggets Players to Watch

  • Nikola Jokic leads the Nuggets in points, rebounds and assists, scoring 26.4 points, pulling down 10.8 rebounds and dishing out 8.3 assists per game.
  • The Nuggets get the most three-point shooting production out of Michael Porter Jr., who makes 2.8 threes per game.
  • Jokic is Denver's leader in steals, averaging 1.3 steals per game, while JaVale McGee leads them in blocks with 1.2 per contest.

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Trail Blazers Players to Watch

  • The Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard racks up enough points (28.8 per game) and assists (7.5 per game) to top the squad's leaderboards.
  • Enes Kanter grabs 11.0 rebounds per game (he also scores 11.2 points per game and adds 1.2 assists per game) which puts him at the top of the Portland rebounding leaderboard.
  • Lillard averages 4.1 three-pointers per game, the most on the Trail Blazers.
  • Robert Covington's steals (1.4 steals per game) and blocks (1.2 blocks per game) lead Portland on defense.

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Injury Report

Nuggets:

Austin Rivers: Day To Day (Illness),

Will Barton: Out (Hamstring),

Jamal Murray: Out For Season (Knee),

PJ Dozier: Out (Adductor)

Trail Blazers:

Zach Collins: Out For Season (Ankle)

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