Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets - 5/24/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets - 5/24/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets (47-26) vs Portland Trail Blazers (43-30)

Game Info: Monday, May 24, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 227 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets meet Monday in game two of the NBA West Playoffs at the Ball Arena.

The Portland Trail Blazers look to take complete control of this series with another road win and a 2-0 lead. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 123 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 50.5 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 34 points and 13 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21 points and six rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 12 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 47.5 percent from beyond the arc and 94.7 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game.

The Denver Nuggets need a win here to even up this series at 1-1. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 109 points on 50.5 percent shooting and allowing 123 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 34 points and 16 rebounds while Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 25 points and nine rebounds. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Monte Morris is grabbing two rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 50 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 47.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game.

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The Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Nuggets are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Monday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 20-6 in Trail Blazers last 26 Monday games. The over is 5-2 in Nuggets last 7 overall. The Trail Blazers are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Denver Nuggets should like their chances to bounce back here, as they're at home and they can't possibly shoot any worse from the free throw line. However, the issues defensively are concerning, as we saw the Nuggets have issues in the bubble and it was more of the same in game one. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum looked way too comfortable in the victory, and the Trail Blazers torched the Nuggets from deep. It's starting to become a trend and if it continues, the Nuggets are in trouble. Give me Portland and the free bucket.

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Randy’s Pick Portland Trail Blazers +1.5

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