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NBA : ATS Matchup
Thursday 8/6/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




PORTLAND (31 - 38) vs. DENVER (45 - 23)
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Thursday, 8/6/2020 8:00 PM
Visa Athletic Center - Lake Buena Vista, FL
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PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games31-38-8.529-3738-30114.157.246.2%53.7115.558.245.2%55.7
Road Games13-24-10.416-1919-17111.955.845.6%52.2116.258.746.1%57.2
Last 5 Games3-2+0.83-13-2121.257.048.5%53.8118.662.645.2%52.0
Division Games4-8-2.84-76-6108.854.343.5%53.1113.456.446.6%55.6
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)114.157.242-9146.2%13-3437.5%18-2279.9%541020226136
vs opponents surrendering111.756.141-8946.0%12-3435.6%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.955.842-9245.6%12-3335.6%17-2178.1%521020226126
Stats Against (All Games)115.558.241-9245.2%13-3637.8%19-2577.1%561225207125
vs opponents averaging112.156.241-8946.1%12-3435.7%18-2377.5%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)116.258.742-9046.1%13-3536.5%20-2776.0%571225197135

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games45-23-3.330-3233-35110.855.147.2%52.5108.154.446.0%51.0
Road Games20-15-1.115-1718-17110.354.746.5%51.4110.755.846.9%51.4
Last 5 Games3-2+1.13-23-2112.856.247.5%50.0114.456.645.9%53.4
Division Games11-1+12.98-44-8110.755.047.7%55.7102.951.242.7%50.2
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.855.142-8947.2%11-3035.5%16-2177.7%521127208135
vs opponents surrendering112.256.441-8946.0%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.354.741-8946.5%11-3236.0%16-2079.6%511126218145
Stats Against (All Games)108.154.440-8646.0%12-3334.9%17-2376.1%511025207144
vs opponents averaging112.256.441-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.3%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)110.755.840-8646.9%12-3336.0%18-2377.4%511025208145
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 96.3,  DENVER 95.9
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/8/2020*LA CLIPPERS              

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/3/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY121-113W5W219.5O42-8748.3%561237-8742.5%5515
8/5/2020*SAN ANTONIO132-126W-2W226.5O50-9154.9%491446-9349.5%467
8/10/2020*LA LAKERS              
8/12/2020*LA CLIPPERS              
PORTLAND: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-0 to Golden State in the Western Conference finals.
COACH: Terry Stotts (eighth season with Trail Blazers, 325-249; 12th season overall, 440-417).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Damian Lillard (25.8 ppg), G CJ McCollum (21.0), F Rodney Hood (11.2), F Zach Collins (8.6), C Hassan Whiteside (12.3 with Miami).
KEY LOSSES: F Al-Farouq Aminu, F Evan Turner, F Maurice Harkless, C Meyers Leonard.
KEY ADDITIONS: Whiteside, C Pau Gasol, F Anthony Tolliver, G Kent Bazemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Blazers will count on Whiteside at center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a broken leg he suffered during a game in March. Nurkic probably won't return until January, at the earliest. The Blazers added some insurance at the position by signing Pau Gasol, who is also making his way back from surgery. Portland will look to Zach Collins to take the next step in his third season in the league. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum form one of the best backcourt duos in the league.
OUTLOOK: In the loaded Western Conference, the revamped Trail Blazers, with a total of seven new players, will have to come together sooner rather than later. A key will be how Whiteside gels with the rest of the team. The 7-footer was acquired in a trade with the Miami, where his production fell off last season after three strong seasons. The Blazers will again emphasize defensive improvement going into the season, something Stotts has routinely preached each fall camp. Lillard signed a supermax extension in the offseason, and appears to be a Blazer for the long haul. Expectations are high for Portland after making the Western Conference finals last season, and players say they're not going to be satisfied with simply making the playoffs, the goal now is to go deep into the postseason.
DENVER: LAST SEASON: 54-28, lost 4-3 to Portland in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Michael Malone (fifth season with Nuggets, 173-155; seventh season overall, 212-222).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jamal Murray (18.2 ppg), G Gary Harris (12.9), F Paul Millsap (12.6), C Nikola Jokic (20.1), G Will Barton (11.5).
KEY LOSSES: G Isaiah Thomas, F Trey Lyles, C Thomas Welsh.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Jerami Grant, C Bol Bol, F Michael Porter Jr.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Porter was the 14th overall pick in 2018 and missed all of last season as he recovered from back surgery. He skipped the Summer League in Las Vegas due to a balky knee. Now, he's healthy and ready to contribute. A healthy Porter gives the Nuggets another dimension on the perimeter, and another piece to add to the core of Murray, Harris, Jokic and Millsap.
OUTLOOK: The Nuggets have improved every season since Malone took over, going from 33 wins his first season to 40, 46 and 54 last season when they earned the No. 2 seed in the West. They didn't make any splashy moves in the offseason although they did bring back Millsap, picking up his $30 million option and agreed on a $170 million extension for Murray. Behind MVP-candidate Jokic, the Nuggets are a legit title contender.
Playoff-hopeful Blazers look to snap Denver's domination

The Denver Nuggets look to maintain their recent regular-season domination of Portland when they oppose the Trail Blazers on Thursday night at the Visa Athletic Center near Orlando.

The Nuggets are 3-0 against Portland this season and have won nine of the past 10 meetings. They rolled to a 127-99 home win over the Trail Blazers in the most recent matchup on Feb. 4.

The latest tilt is exceedingly more important to Portland as it attempts to close in on the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are one game behind the Grizzlies and reside in ninth place as they attempt to gain a play-in berth.

"You only can worry about yourself because it's going to be a race, and teams are going to win games," Portland coach Terry Stotts said after his club's 110-102 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. "It's so tight that you can't worry about them because you have to worry about yourself."

The Nuggets are in third place in the West and 2-1 since the restart after notching a 132-126 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

Emerging forward Michael Porter Jr. had his second straight prolific game with 30 points and a career-best 15 rebounds. He scored a career-best 37 points two nights earlier during an overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and is clicking well with Denver star center Nikola Jokic.

"If you know me, the Nuggets drafted me as a scorer," Porter told reporters afterward. "They knew that was one of my big strengths. Playing with a superstar who would rather pass the ball than shoot the ball obviously is going to work out for both of us."

Porter has made 23 of 35 field-goal attempts during the stretch, including 9 of 15 from 3-point range, while often being set up by the unselfish Jokic.

Jokic had 25 points and 11 assists against the Spurs. He is finding that the 22-year-old Porter is a good person to locate on the floor.

"You know he's going to make the shot," Jokic told reporters. "He's going to be there. He's going to rebound. He's a big target for me. "Just to know you have a really good player, a talented player, they cannot help with him. It's helping me in that kind of way."

Porter took a team-high 19 shots (making 11) against San Antonio as Denver played without the starting backcourt of Jamal Murray (hamstring) and Gary Harris (hip) and small forward Will Barton (knee) for the third straight game.

The Trail Blazers, who also are 2-1 since the restart, aim to deliver a second straight strong effort.

Portland cleaned up on the boards against Houston with a 64-39 rebounding edge and played solid team basketball for most of the contest.

And when the Rockets tied the score at 100, Portland didn't wilt at the thought of giving up a 13-point lead. Instead, backup guard Gary Trent Jr. drained the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:53 left, and forward Carmelo Anthony added another trey with 54.6 seconds to play as the Trail Blazers closed it out.

Anthony (15 points, 11 rebounds) was the club's fifth-leading scorer during the balanced effort.

Star guard Damian Lillard, who scored 21 points, expressed annoyance that people are still stunned Anthony has fit in so well with Portland.

"I think it's more disappointing that people are surprised by it," Lillard told reporters. "He's a Hall of Famer. ... He's a great teammate, and that's what we expect from him."

Shooting guard CJ McCollum (20 points), center Jusuf Nurkic (18 points, 19 rebounds) and Trent (16) also had solid outings.

Lillard averaged 22 points and 9.3 assists in the three losses to Denver earlier this season. Jokic averaged 23 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists for the Nuggets.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/18/2020 1:24:55 PM EST

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