Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Date and Time: Friday, June 4,2021 5:30 AM IST Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers Bookmaker: 1xbet
The Denver Nuggets reclaimed the advantage in the first round of their NBA playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, and now lead 3-2. They overcame what was Damian Lillard’s highest ever playoff return of 55 points along with 10 assists and won the game in the second overtime.
Nikola Jokic starred for the Denver Nuggets in what proved to be the most thrilling match of the 2021 NBA playoffs so far. He finished with a stat line of 38 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Monte Morris also produced a commanding performance and finished with 28 points and five assists off the bench.
The Denver Nuggets were able to overcome the Portland Trail Blazers after some impressive individual performances of their own. They bounced back from a bad loss in game 4, with Nikola Jokic running the offense until the very end. He kept his side in the game despite not having his most efficient shooting night.
Meanwhile, Monte Morris also produced what was his best ever performance in a playoff match. He came off the bench to score 28 points and converted four of his nine three-pointers. Finally, Michael Porter Jr. also produced his best game of the series so far, and bounced back from a poor game 4 to finish with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
The Portland Trail Blazers will have home court advantage in game 5 and are perfectly capable of staging a comeback. CJ McCollum and Norman Powell were both poor with their shooting on the night and the Trail Blazers were carried to overtime by Damian Lillard to a huge degree.
Covington was the second-best shooter on the night and converted half of all his three-point attempts. Norman Powell will hope that game 4 was a blip as he got none of his three-pointers on target and finished with his lowest points-total of the series, with 13. The Trail Blazers will hope for a better shooting record from the rest of their roster and will be ruing some crucial turnovers that they committed in game 4.
In what has been a topsy-turvy series so far, both teams look capable of producing a victory in game 6. The Portland Trail Blazers entered a do-or-die phase and were carried by their top player Lillard. However, the rest of the roster had an average night.
The Denver Nuggets were impressive but will be against the Trail Blazers on their home court. Hence, the Portland Trail Blazers have a slight advantage in game 6.