Portland Blazers vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 6/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (+1.5)
The Portland Blazers (42-30) are headed to Ball Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Denver Nuggets (47-25) in Game 5 of their series. The series is tied 2-2. Portland opens this matchup as 1.5-point dogs. The total is set at 226.
The Blazers went home with a win by a final score of 115-95 in Game 4. Portland finished the contest having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (42 out of 84) and made 12 of their 33 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Blazers buried 19 of their 25 attempts for a percentage of 76.0%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they earned 44 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 24 dimes in the matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 7 turnovers and getting 6 steals. With respect to defending, Portland allowed the other team to go 34.0% from the floor on 32 of 94 shooting. Denver distributed 20 dimes and had 5 steals in the game. Additionally, Denver snagged 47 boards (14 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 7 rejections. Denver finished the contest at 81.8% when shooting free throws by knocking down 18 of 22 attempts. They also converted 13 of their 44 attempts from distance.
Norman Powell is one guy who was a major contributor in the matchup. He ended up scoring 29 points on 11 out of 15 shooting. He played for 34:17 minutes played and also snagged 2 boards. Powell finished the game shooting 73.3% from the floor and also distributed 1 assist. An additional guy that came through in this contest for the Blazers was CJ McCollum. He had 4 rebounds in 34:41 min on the basketball court. He finished 47.4% from the floor in this game by connecting on 9-of-19 (21 points). In all, McCollum collected 8 assists.
Portland heads into this one with a mark of 42-30 for the campaign. They turn it over 11.1 times per game and as a group they commit 18.9 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Portland is pulling down 44.5 boards per game and has accounted for 1,531 assists on the year, which ranks 30th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Blazers are shooting 38.5% on three-point shots (1,132 of 2,939) and 82.3% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 116.1 points per contest (5th in the league) while shooting 45.3% from the field. On defense, the Blazers have forced 12.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.1 fouls. They are 16th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,794 surrendered this year. The Blazers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 47.3% (892 of 1,374) and they concede 45.4 boards per contest as a unit. They give up 37.2% on three-point shots and they are 23rd in the league in opponents PPG (114.3).
In their Game 4 loss, the Nuggets recorded 33 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 for the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while getting 5 steals for this game. The Blazers had 21 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Nuggets to the free throw line for 22 attempts. They were able to make 18 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 81.8%. In the matter of 3-pointers, Denver converted 13 of their 44 attempts (29.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Nuggets finished 32 for 94 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 34.0%. The Nuggets permitted the Blazers to knock down 42 out of 84 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.0% in this matchup. They finished shooting 36.4% from distance by hitting 12 of 33 and finished the game at 19 out of 25 from the free throw line (76.0%). When discussing how they rebounded, Denver permitted Portland to get 44 overall (4 on the offensive glass).
Nikola Jokic ended up having an impact for the Nuggets for this game. He made 7 out of 18 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 38.9%, and added 9 rebounds. Jokic recorded 16 points in his 26:41 minutes on the court and had 1 assist for the contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Denver was Facundo Campazzo. He finished with 7 dimes in his 26:53 minutes played, and he knocked down 3 out of 10 from the floor. Campazzo ended up shooting 30.0% from the floor while totaling 12 points and 2 rebounds.
Denver has a mark of 47-25 so far this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Nuggets are shooting 48.5% from the floor, which has them ranked 4th in the NBA. Denver has 8,284 pts on the season (115.1 per contest) and they collect 44.4 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 26.8 times per game (5th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest. The Nuggets are committing 19.1 personal fouls every game and they hit 80.3% from the charity stripe. The Nuggets defensively are ranked 8th in basketball in points given up per game with 110.1. They are able to force 14.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.9% from the field (18th in the league). The Denver defense allows 36.3% on three-point shots (934 of 2,570) and opponents are knocking down 77.3% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 25.9 assists and 41.2 rebounds per contest, which ranks 24th and 2nd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Denver (-1.5)
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