The Portland Trail Blazers came away with an upset victory in Game 1. Can the Denver Nuggets avoid a disaster situation being down 0-2 and going to Portland? This NBA betting preview for the Trail Blazers vs Nuggets NBA Playoffs matchup will provide game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for Game 2 of this series.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Betting Preview and Prediction | NBA Playoffs
NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals NBA Playoffs Game 2 (POR leads 1-0)
Portland Trail Blazers (42-30, 22-14 Away) vs. Denver Nuggets (47-25, 25-11 Home)
Date: Monday, May 24, 2021
Time: 10 pm EST
Venue: Ball Arena – Denver, CO
Coverage: NBCS, TNT
The Portland Trail Blazers ran away with Game 1 by a score of 123-109. The Blazers were really galvanized by Damian Lillard, who delivered his fifth three-pointer and a dagger late in the fourth quarter. Another notable performance was from Carmelo Anthony, who continues to prove he should have never been kept out of the league. Despite being booed in the arena where he called his first seven seasons home, Melo still scored a cool 18 points in 22 minutes of play while shooting 50% from the field and three-point range.
The Denver Nuggets had too many defensive breakdowns in Game 1 for their offense to keep up. Nikola Jokić had 34 points and 16 rebounds, but it doesn’t matter if the Nuggets shoot 30.6% from three-point range as a team. The Nuggets desperately could have used Jamal Murray in this series to battle with Lillard. Unless the Nuggets can figure out a defensive scheme to slow down Lillard and McCollum, this series can be put on “upset alert. “
NBA Betting Odds
Moneyline: POR: (+100) | DEN: (-118)
Spread: POR: +1.5 (-110) | DEN: -1.5 (-110)
Total: 226.5 – Over: (-112) I Under: (-108)
Trail Blazers vs Nuggets Betting Trends
- Portland is 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games.
- Portland is 7-1 straight up in its last eight games.
- Denver are 2-5 ATS in its last seven games.
- The total has gone OVER in five of Denver’s last seven games.
- Denver is 13-6 straight up in its last 19 games.
Trail Blazers vs Nuggets Prediction
This NBA prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Denver a 70.8% chance to win Game 2 of this NBA Playoffs matchup.
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