Trail Blazers vs Nuggets Game 1 NBA Picks and Predictions 5/22/21
Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets NBA Playoffs Game 1 preview, picks and predictions for Saturday, May 22, 2021
NBA PLAYOFFS GAME 1 PREVIEW:
Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Game 1 of this NBA Playoffs Round 1 tips off this Saturday, May 22, 2021 and I’ve got a Free Pick followed up by Parlay of the Day access in the Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets game.
This game tips off at 10:30pm et at the Ball Arena. The latest Draftkings NBA Odds have the Nuggets as a -1 point favorite and the total at 227.5 points. The betting public has 64% of their money behind the Denver Nuggets as the home favorite. Portland comes into this series as a sixth seed going up against a three seed, but the Blazers are -122 favorites to win the series. Oddsmakers are factoring in the Trail Blazers being back at full strength while Denver last month lost one of their top players Jamal Murray for the rest of the season.
These teams battled each other three times this 2021 NBA Season and Denver pulled out victories in two of the three. In those games, the Nuggets scored an average of 111 points on 44% from the field and 37% from 3-point land. If you can remember going back to 2019, these teams also met in the playoffs where the Blazers pulled off the game seven win to move on to the Western Conference Final where they got swept by the Warriors.
Portland has the Lillard, McCollum, Nurkic trio ready to cause some disruptions this NBA Playoffs and I’m excited to watch them do it. They can matchup with any team with a top five offense in the league who score an average of 116 points per game, but on defense they are near the bottom in the league, giving up an average of 114.3 points per game. They’ll need to step if up defensively if they want any shot on moving onto the next round, because this Nuggets team has a top ten offense and a top ten defense with the stud, Jokic leading the way. Jokic is the favorite to win the MVP this season at -7000 and how the fate of the Nuggets season will continue to rely on how well he performs.
Portland is 7-1 against the spread in their last 8 games on the road and the total has gone under in 4 of the Trail Blazers last 6 games.
Denver is 10-3 straight up in their last 13 games when playing at home against Portland and he total has gone over in 4 of the Nuggets last 6 games.
In this Trail Blazers vs Nuggets Saturday Night NBA Playoffs game one, we’re rolling with the Blazers Team Total to go over the 113.5 Points and we’re going to go ahead and lay that -110 price.
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