Portland Trail Blazers VS Denver Nuggets
The Portland Trail Blazers Visit the Denver Nuggets in the western Conference Semi-Finals game 7 on Sunday Night at Pepsi Center Denver, Colaorado.
The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets meet on Sunday in game 7 of the NBA playoffs semi-finals at the Pepsi Center.
Portland Trail blazers (53-29)
The Portland Trail Blazers got 62 points from their starting backcourt and 42 points from their bench to beat the Denver Nuggets 119-108 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Thursday night at the Moda Center. Damian Lillard went 11-of-23 from the field and 6-of-13 from three to finish with a game-high 32 points to go with five assists and three rebounds in 36 minutes. McCollum shot 50 percent from the field for 30 points while also adding six rebounds and three assists in 42 minutes. The Blazers got necessary production from the bench to force a Game 7. Rodney Hood went 8-of-12 from the field, 3-of-4 from three and 6-of-9 from the free throw line for 25 points to go with four rebounds in 31 minutes.
The Portland Trail blazers is 4th in points averaging 111.5 points in 44.1 field goal percentage number 15th in assist averaging 18.5 6th in rebounding 46.2 percent and 36.5 from beyond the arc and 76.1 from the free throw line.
The Trail Blazers evened the series at 3-3, forcing Game 7 in Denver on Sunday. It will be Portland’s first Game 7 since a 2003 first round series against Dallas.
• The Trail Blazers bench outscored the Denver reserves, 42-13.
• The Trail Blazers outscored Denver in the paint, 42-32, and on the fastbreak, 10-7.
• Portland outscored the Nuggets 32-20 in the second quarter. After trailing by eight points at the end of the first quarter, Portland held a four-point lead at halftime.
• Portland had three players score 25-plus points in a playoff game (Lillard, McCollum, Hood) for the first time since May 11, 1992 (Ainge, Drexler, Porter). It was the third time in their careers that Lillard and McCollum scored 30-plus points in the same playoff game (first this postseason).
• The Trail Blazers shot 46.1% from the field and 45.5% from the three-point line (15-of-33) while forcing the Nuggets into 38.4% shooting from the field and 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc (12-of-32).
• Portland recorded five blocks and four steals while the Nuggets had three blocks and seven steals.
Denver Nuggets (54-28)
After a tough Game 6 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Nuggets find themselves in familiar territory. Denver’s second-round series has played out in extremely similar fashion to the first-round series against San Antonio. The Nuggets won Games 4 and 5 in both series but couldn’t close out their opponent in a road Game 6, which has ultimately led to the second Game 7 at Pepsi Center this season.
All five Nuggets players finished in double figures led by 29 points from Nikola Jokic, who also added 12 rebounds and eight assists before fouling out in just under 37 minutes. Jamal Murray had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Jamal Murray averaging 21.4 points per game Paul Millsap 14.8 points 6.8 rebound while Gary Harris averaging 14.1 and Will Barton 9.3 points and 5.0 rebound per game.
The Denver Nuggets is rank number 6th in points averaging 110.3 points in their 45.3 field goal percentage, 5th in assist averaging 24.9 and 47.8 in rebounding while 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 from the foul line.
Denver finished the regular season with a 34-7 record at Pepsi Center and has gone 5-2 at home during the playoffs. A convincing win in Game 5 should give Denver confidence heading into Game 7 on Sunday as both teams look to advance to the Conference Finals. The Nuggets are hoping to advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2009, while a win would return the Trail Blazers to the conference finals for the first time since 2000.
Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5
Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5
Trail Blazers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5
Trail Blazers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
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