Game: NBA Playoffs: Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets Preview, Handicapping, Analysis, Stats, NBA Betting Odds & Lines, Blazers vs Nuggets Picks & Blazers vs Nuggets Predictions
Date: Monday, April 29, 2019
Start time: 10:30 PM EST, Pepsi Center
TV Channel: TNT
Best Denver Nuggets Lines: -4 (-110) Spread – BETNOW
Over/Under 215½w: – XBET
In the NBA playoffs, we will see Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets.
The Portland Trail Blazers had almost a week to prepare for this matchup. The team is averaging 111 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.2 points on 44 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is probably the best player in the playoffs so far this season with 33 points and 6 assists per game while CJ McCollum is adding 24.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. Kanter is the third double-digit scorer but he is questionable for the Monday game.
The Denver Nuggets will be playing on short rest after beating the Spurs a few days ago. The team is averaging 105.1 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic will be the most important player in this series as he is averaging 23.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game while Jamal Murray is adding 19 points and 4.1 assists.
It will be really interesting to see if Jamal Murray can go out and perform against Lillard. However, I think the real mismatch in this series will be Jokic against whoever faces him. Nurkic is certainly out while Kanter is questionable but even if he plays, he is mostly liability on defense. Expect Jokic to dominate the Blazers all game long.