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Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Predictions, Betting Lines & Picks

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  • A win for the Portland Trail Blazers could bring them within half a game of the top four in the Western Conference.
  • The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic continues his MVP-worthy season, leading his team in scoring with 26.6 points per game.
  • Over 184 regular-season games played, the Trail Blazers lead the Nuggets 99 to 85.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Predictions and Picks

The Portland Trail Blazers are certainly scoring-adept, but their inability to match the Nuggets in the paint will be their biggest issue.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Information
What Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets
Where Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
When  10:00 PM EST, February 23rd, 2021
How to Watch TNT

Head-to-Head: Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets

Portland Trail Blazers Head-to-Head Denver Nuggets
Terry Stotts Head Coach Mike Malone
18-11 (5th in West) Standing 16-14 (7th in West)
L-W-W-W Form L-W-L-L
116.2 (6th of 30) Off Rtg 116.6 (5th of 30)
115.8 (28th of 30) Def Rtg 112.8 (21st of 30)
99.2 (16th of 30) Pace 97.4 (28th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

D. Lillard (30.0) PPG N. Jokic (26.6)
E. Kanter (11.1) RPG N. Jokic (11.1)
D. Lillard (7.9) APG N. Jokic (8.5)
R. Covington (1.6) SPG N. Jokic (1.7)
R. Covington, D. Jones (1.0) BPG M. Porter (1.2)
E. Kanter (.585)/C. McCollum (9.5) FG%/FGM N. Jokic (.564)/N. Jokic (10.1)
N. Little (.579)/C. McCollum (4.8) 3P%/3PM Z. Nnaji (.440)/J. Murray (2.5)

Limit Chances in the Paint

The Portland Trail Blazers are a famously one-way team. While their defense is improved over last season, they still allow their opponents too many easy opportunities inside.

In their last matchup, a loss to the Washington Wizards, the Trail Blazers allowed their opponents to shoot 50.6% from the field. Their perimeter defense was more admirable, coaxing the Wizards into six of 26 shooting from three.

If they hope to beat the Nuggets, they must be focused on preventing easy opportunities at the rim. They’re certainly shorthanded, with the likes of Nurkic and Giles unavailable, so it’ll be up to the wing players to put in the extra effort.


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Denver Must Battle on the Glass

The Denver Nuggets reached the Western Conference Finals last season off the back of tremendous skill and a blue-collar attitude. In many of their losses, the Nuggets just haven’t put in the correct effort to stay in the game.

In their most recent loss to the Hawks, their lack of effort appeared in their rebounding stats. Other than Jokic, no Nugget player had much effect on the glass – a precursor to them being outrebounded 33 to 44.

The difference in rebounding is small between these two teams, so if Denver hopes to win the game they’ll need to establish their inside presence early.

Trail Blazers Key Player: (C) Enes Kanter


The Trail Blazers are shorthanded at the center position, but starting pivot man Enes Kanter has been doing his utmost with little backup at the five.

Kanter had 19 points and 13 rebounds in his last match against the Washington Wizards. His production is right in stride with his team-leading 11.1 rebounds per game.

Kanter, not known as the best defensive presence, will be responsible for handling Nikola Jokic in this matchup. While Jokic is about as nimble as Kanter, being able to intelligently defend Jokic at his various positions of danger will be key to the Trail Blazers’ success.

Nuggets Key Player: (G) Facundo Campazzo


Rookie point guard Facundo Campazzo may be in his first year in the NBA, but his experience is greater than any other player in his class. Over his last five games, Campazzo has been very productive.

Campazzo is averaging 14.0 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.6 steals in 29.1 minutes per game. His ability to hit from three has been a great complement to the Nuggets lineup.

Small in stature but great in heart, Campazzo will be chasing around two of the best attacking guards in the NBA. He’ll be key in not only slowing them down but initiating the offense when Murray and Jokic are off the floor.

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