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Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers betting tips
Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers played so far four games in the first-round playoff series. Until now, both teams won two times.
In the fourth game, the Trail Blazers at home won 115-95 against Denver Nuggets. That match was one-sided from the start. The home side had a double-digit lead already in the middle of the first quarter. In the rest of the game, Portland had a continuous advantage. The reason for the easy win is much better defence from the Trail Blazers. They limited Denver to only 34% from the field and 29.5% from the three-point line.
The key for Denver in the fifth game will be Nikola Jokic. He had 36 points per game in the first three games. In the fourth match, Jokic had only 16 points with a 7/18 shot from the field. That was the worst game in the season for the Serb.
Damian Lillard, the leading Portland's player, also struggled in the fourth game. He had only ten points, with one from ten from the field. Luckily for the Blazers, Norman Powell, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic played great, so the team from Oregon was still able to secure a win.
Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers betting prediction
Portland Trail Blazers were the second-worst defensive team in the NBA regularly, so I don't expect them to play that well in the fifth game. Denver Nuggets should win the next match.
- The Nuggets won eight of the last ten matches at Ball Arena in Denver.
- Portland Trail Blazers won only three of the last six road games.
- Denver Nuggets have the NBA MVP on their side.
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