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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/23/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




DENVER (61 - 35) at PORTLAND (61 - 37)
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DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games61-35+5.849-4744-52110.456.546.2%55.2106.855.045.7%51.1
Road Games22-25-4.820-2722-25108.254.844.7%54.3111.056.846.9%52.8
Last 5 Games2-3-1.83-24-1116.254.242.9%61.8113.851.042.4%60.8
Division Games15-8+4.915-813-10111.454.746.5%54.7107.953.144.7%54.0
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)110.456.542-9046.2%11-3135.0%16-2276.0%551227207124
vs opponents surrendering111.255.841-8946.0%11-3235.6%18-2376.8%531024218135
Team Stats (Road Games)108.254.841-9144.7%11-3235.2%15-2075.3%541226207135
Stats Against (All Games)106.855.040-8745.7%10-3133.8%17-2375.4%511024217125
vs opponents averaging111.55641-8946.2%11-3135.7%18-2377.4%531024217135
Stats Against (Road Games)111.056.841-8746.9%11-3135.8%18-2377.5%531025207135

PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games61-37+21.152-4552-45113.856.246.2%55.7110.653.845.5%51.9
Home Games37-12+17.427-2129-20117.760.247.4%56.9110.254.944.9%51.0
Last 5 Games1-4-2.62-22-3104.256.842.0%50.4111.054.046.6%58.4
Division Games14-14+1.412-1615-13111.454.145.0%56.5111.554.845.2%53.5
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.856.242-9146.2%11-3135.9%19-2480.5%561222217135
vs opponents surrendering110.85641-8945.9%11-3235.3%18-2376.7%531024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)117.760.243-9147.4%12-3337.1%19-2479.4%571223207135
Stats Against (All Games)110.653.841-9045.5%11-3035.6%18-2377.5%521123217125
vs opponents averaging111.456.241-8946.1%11-3235.5%18-2376.3%541125218135
Stats Against (Home Games)110.254.941-9144.9%11-3035.4%18-2279.0%511122217125
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 96.6,  PORTLAND 96.5
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/23/2019@ PORTLAND              
10/28/2019@ SACRAMENTO              
10/31/2019@ NEW ORLEANS              
11/2/2019@ ORLANDO              

PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/25/2019@ SACRAMENTO              
10/27/2019@ DALLAS              
10/28/2019@ SAN ANTONIO              
10/30/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/4/2019@ GOLDEN STATE              
11/7/2019@ LA CLIPPERS              
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.
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.
Familiar foes Nuggets, Blazers tip off season

A playoff feel for an opening-night game? That seems likely when the Portland Trail Blazers play host to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

The last time these teams met (outside of this preseason), the Blazers outlasted the Nuggets 100-96 in Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals, earning their first trip to the conference finals since 2000.

Portland and Denver have met 10 times since April 29, including the Nuggets' 2-0 edge this preseason. So, the familiarity factor is high. And both teams consider themselves contenders to win the West in 2019-20.

"What better way to start it off," Denver coach Michael Malone told the Denver Post. "National TV, a great atmosphere and a team that has left a bad taste in our mouth most of the summer."

Denver, which went 4-0 in the preseason, returns virtually its entire roster from last season and has added Jerami Grant, who started at power forward for Oklahoma City.

In Portland, the big questions include how the Blazers will adapt to the absence of center Jusuf Nurkic (out indefinitely with a broken leg suffered late last season) and how a batch of newcomers will fit in and complement star guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

Hassan Whiteside is expected to be Portland's primary center while Nurkic continues to mend, though Whiteside sprained an ankle in the Blazers' preseason finale vs. the Nuggets. If he's able to go -- he says he will -- Whiteside will start Wednesday on a front line that includes small forward Rodney Hood and power forward Zach Collins, both holdovers from last season.

The Blazers' reserves include guard Kent Bazemore and second-year pro Anfernee Simons, along with forward Mario Hezonja, another offseason addition. Veteran forward Anthony Tolliver likely will be the fourth man off the bench.

Center Skal Labissiere has played his way into a possible spot in the rotation, at least with Pau Gasol (foot injury) still unavailable. Collins, a 7-footer, can slide to the center spot, too.

"We have four or five 7-footers, so we have guys who can protect the rim," Portland coach Terry Stotts said.

Whiteside and Collins are active shot blockers, and Bazemore has upped the Blazers defensively. He had seven steals in 19 minutes in the preseason opener against Denver.

Stotts wants fans to look at the long-term, especially with the Blazers playing 13 of their first 18 games on the road.

"You will evolve over the course of the season and find things that work," Stotts said of a young team. "You have to be patient. You have to incorporate these guys slowly ... but we're going to be a better team in March and April."

The Nuggets' leadership core includes center Nikola Jokic and guard Jamal Murray, both deep threats. Jokic is a returning first-team All-NBA player. Power forward Paul Millsap provides stability and experience up front, and Grant should help Denver space the floor as another frontcourt standout.

Offensive-minded Will Barton has a shot to start at small forward, with Michael Porter Jr. and Torrey Craig -- who brings defense as well as offense -- also in the mix. Gary Harris joins Murray at guard, and Monte Morris and Malik Beasley give the Nuggets a solid 1-2 backcourt backup punch. Mason Plumlee returns as the second-string center.

"We can't sneak up on nobody anymore," Morris said. "They're circling us on the calendar now. We just gotta be ready to go every time because we're solidified now as far as the top teams in the West."

--Field Level Media

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