The Portland Trail Blazers and the Denver Nuggets will face Sunday in the seventh game of the second round of the NBA playoffs at the Pepsi Center.
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The Portland Trail Blazers are looking for their first appearance at the conference since the 1999-00 season. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 112.2 points with 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 111.1 points with 43.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 29.8 points and 5.8 badists, while CJ McCollum is averaging 24.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the goal and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from the depth and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost three of their last five games as visitors.
The Denver Nuggets are looking for their first appearance at the conference since the 2008-09 season. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 110.2 points with 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points with 45.2 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 24.8 points and 13 rebounds, while Jamal Murray is averaging 21.6 points and 4.7 badists. Paul Millsap is the third double-digit scorer and Gary Harris is catching four rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting at 35.7 percent from beyond the goal and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 34.4 percent to shoot from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won five of their last six home games.
The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games of the Conference Semifinals and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in general. The Nuggets have 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games of Conference Semifinals, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games on 2 days off and 22-9-1 ATS in their last 32 vs. NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 2-5-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Denver and 3-9-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The bbad is 14-5 in the last 19 Nuggets games at home. The final is 4-0 in the last 4 Trail Blazers in general.
The Portland Trail Blazers have not managed to cover 17 of their last 26 games as favorites. The Denver Nuggets have divided their last 12 ATS games as favorites at home.
The Denver Nuggets have been the best team in this series, as they have virtually had complete control of their victories and had several chances to win several of those four extra times. And while the Nuggets are still babies in terms of playoff experience, just winning a seven game against the San Antonio Spurs will help calm the nerves a bit. With that said, the sevens are often decided by the stars who refuse to let their team go home, and there are not many backcourts in the league that I trust more than Lillard and McCollum. Only two dogs that have shown that they can put the squadron on their back and get a victory. If those two click on the way I think they will in such a big game, I'm not sure the Nuggets can counter. Give me the points for insurance, but I like Portland to move forward.