Portland Trail Blazers
Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction comes ahead of the NBA – Playoff on Tuesday, 25.05.2021, at Ball Arena (Denver). Let’s look at the match preview as we try to provide the game-winner, Asian handicap, and over/under margins – the best betting tip for this tie.
Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview & Betting Tips
Bad start of the playoff series in the NBA for Jokic's team, as the Denver Nuggets lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first game at home with 109-123. Nikola Jokic recognisably led his team, he was dominant and scored 34 points, with 16 rebounds, but what is surprising are the assists because he only had one. Despite Jokic's great play, his team looked so idealess that Damian Lillard, at one point, had more assists than the entire Denver team.
Both teams were efficient at the start of the game, and the first quarter ended with 65 points (+5 for Portland). However, Denver took the initiative in the second quarter and ended the half with a 3-point lead. After the pause, in the second half of the game, Denver suffered a big drop in the game, they scored only 48 points in the second half, while Portland scored 38 just in the third quarter. Given that, Portland deservedly won in the end 123-109 and took a break at the start.
In this first game, we saw that the absence of Jamal Murray is a big shortcoming in the team. All in all, Denver will have to continue playing without Murray because these are much more important games than the regular season. This second game is also being played at the Ball Arena, so I think Denver shouldn't allow Portland to take another away victory because the season would be over for Jokic's team.
- Now, the Denver Nuggets have two consecutive defeats by the Portland Trail Blazers in a period of one week.
- Denver lost the last round of the regular season and now the playoffs against Portland.
- The coaches of both teams will not change anything in their starting lineups.
- Portland took a 1-0 lead in the playoff series against Denver, winning the first game 123-109.
Denver Nuggets to win
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