Denver Nuggets vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 6/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Portland Blazers
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (+4)
Moda Center is the venue where and the Portland Blazers (42-30) will play the Denver Nuggets (47-25) on Thursday in Game 6 of their series. Denver leads 3-2. Denver opens this contest as 4-point underdogs. The total has been set at 228.5.
The Nuggets took home the win by a score of 147-140 in 2 overtimes in Game 5. Denver wrapped up the game having earned a 48.1% field goal percentage (50 of 104) and buried 20 of their 44 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Nuggets converted 27 of 32 shots for a percentage of 84.4%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they collected 52 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 33 assists in this contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and having 5 steals. When talking about defense, Denver allowed the other team to shoot 45.6% from the field on 47 out of 103 shooting. Portland dished out 25 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. Additionally, Portland snagged 45 rebounds (10 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 5 rejections. Portland ended up shooting 86.2% from the charity stripe by knocking down 25 of 29 shots. They also knocked down 21 of 48 attempts from 3-point land.
Nikola Jokic is a player who was a contributor in this game. He ended up with 38 points on 14 of 31 shooting. He played 46:19 mins and grabbed 11 boards. Jokic finished the game shooting 45.2% from the field and also distributed 9 dimes. Someone else that was a major contributor in this contest for the Nuggets was Michael Porter Jr.. He collected 12 rebounds in 47:48 min on the court. He finished the game shooting 76.9% from the floor for this game by hitting 10-of-13 (26 points). In all, Porter earned 3 assists.
Denver heads into this matchup with a mark of 47-25 so far this year. They are turning it over 13.5 times per contest and as a squad are committing 19.1 fouls every game. As a unit, Denver is grabbing 44.4 rebounds per contest and has racked up 1,933 dimes on the year, which is 5th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Nuggets are hitting 37.7% on shots from downtown (927 of 2,462) and 80.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 115.1 points per game (8th in basketball) while hitting 48.5% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Nuggets are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.2 fouls. They give up 36.3% on three-point shots and they are 8th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (110.1). The Nuggets are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.9% (1,014 of 1,379) and they relinquish 41.2 boards per contest as a basketball team. They rank 24th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,864 surrendered so far this year.
In their Game 5 loss, the Blazers were able to collect 35 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 45 for the matchup. They also turned it over 14 times, while getting 6 steals in this contest. The Nuggets were called for 24 personal fouls for this game which took the Blazers to the free throw line for a total of 29 shots. They were able to bury 25 of those for a percentage of 86.2%. With respect to 3-point shots, Portland buried 21 of 48 tries (43.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Blazers finished the game shooting 47 out of 103 from the field which gave them a rate of 45.6%. The Blazers permitted the Nuggets to knock down 50 of 104 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.1% in the game. They finished 45.5% from 3-point land by hitting 20 of 44 and ended up going 27 of 32 from the charity stripe (84.4%). When discussing how they rebounded, Portland permitted Denver to pull down 52 in all (13 offensive).
Damian Lillard was important for the Blazers in the game. He converted 17 out of 24 for this game for a field goal rate of 70.8%, and accumulated 6 rebounds. Lillard had 55 points in his 51:44 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 10 assists for this contest. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Portland was Robert Covington. He finished this one with no assists in his 43:46 minutes on the court, and he put in 5 out of 10 from the floor. Covington ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while totaling 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Portland has a mark of 42-30 on the year. Portland has earned 8,360 points so far this year (116.1 per contest) and they pull in 44.5 rebounds per game. The Blazers are responsible for committing 18.9 fouls per contest while shooting 82.3% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Blazers are shooting 45.3% from the floor, which is ranked 23rd in the NBA. They are earning an assist 21.3 times per game (30th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.1 times per game. The Blazers defensively are ranked 23rd in the league in PPG given up with 114.3. They have surrendered 24.9 assists and 45.4 rebounds per contest, ranking them 16th and 21st in the league. The Portland defense surrenders 37.2% on shots from beyond the arc (928 of 2,494) and their opponents are making 78.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have forced 12.4 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.3% from the field (25th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver (+4)
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