Portland Trail Blazers (18-11) vs. Denver Nuggets (16-14)
The Portland Trail Blazers will be looking to get back into the win column after seeing their six-game winning streak snapped by Washington on Saturday, 118-111. The Trail Blazers play on Monday night, but this preview was written prior to the conclusion of that contest. Denver lost to Atlanta on Sunday, 123-115. That was their third loss out of the last four games.
Portland won the most recent contest between these teams, defeating Denver 125-115 in August last year. The teams have split the last 10 games. Denver is favored by 8.0-points in this game.
Washington Wins Battle of QuartersWhich do you like better – odds or evens? That was the question on Saturday when the Washington Wizards defeated Portland, 118-111. The Trail Blazers outscored Washington by 12 in the first and by nine in the third quarter. However, they were outscored by 18 in the second and 10 in the third in the seven-point loss.
Damien Lillard scored 35. He added 10 assists for the double-double. All five starters for the Trail Blazers scored in double digits. Eric Kanter had 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Portland is third in the NBA in scoring at 115.7 ppg while allowing 115.2 points per game. They are first in the league in shots per game at 92.3 but are only hitting on 44.3% of their attempts. They are also first in three-point attempts per game at 42.5, hitting on 38.7% of their attempts, fifth overall. They are fifth in free-throw shooting at 81.8%.
Lillard leads the team in scoring at 30.0 ppg and is leading in assists at 7.9 per contest. He is averaging 4.5 rebounds as well. CJ McCollum is second on the team in scoring (26.7) but is out until early March with a foot injury. Center Jusuf Nurkic is also out.
Nuggets Fall in AtlantaThe Atlanta Hawks quickly erased a six-point first-quarter deficit, outscoring Denver by 14 in the second quarter on their way to a 123-115 victory. Atlanta had extended their lead to as many as 20 points before Denver was able to mount a rally in the fourth quarter. However, they still came up short.
We couldn't overcome a tough second quarter tonight. https://t.co/AEDX1yGdZF— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) February 22, 2021
Jamal Murray led the Nuggets in scoring with 30. Nikola Jokic added a double-double with 10 rebounds and 15 points. Facundo Campazzo came off the bench to score 16.
Denver is fourth in points per game at 115.5 while allowing 111.8 points per contest. They are fifth in the NBA in field-goal percentage at 48.4% in seventh in three-point shooting at 38.4%. The Nuggets are seventh in assists per game at 26.5 and sixth in steals per game at 8.4.
Jokic leads Denver in scoring at 26.6 ppg. He is also the team leader and rebounds per game at 11.1 in assists per game at 8.5 per contest. Murray is second at 20.9 points per game. Much of the depth of the Nuggets will be missing, as Gary Harris (9.7 ppg) and Paul Millsap (10.4) are both out.
Portland Trail Blazers:
- 6-1 ATS in their last seven games.
- 5-1 ATS in their last six games on the road.
- 7-1 ATS in their last eight games on a Tuesday.
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games.
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games on a Tuesday.