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Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 5/1/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets
Date & Time Wednesday May 1, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Pepsi Center
Denver, Colorado
The Line
The Line: Denver Nuggets -4 -- Over/Under: 217.5
TV Channel
TNT
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets meet Wednesday in game two of the second round of the NBA playoffs at the Pepsi Center.

The Portland Trail Blazers have another chance to steal home court advantage while tying up the series at 1-1. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 111.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 34 points and six assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 23 points and 5.2 rebounds. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Maurice Harkless is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won seven of their last 12 road games.

The Denver Nuggets have a chance to take control of this series with a victory and a 2-0 lead. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 107.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 47 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 24.9 points and 11.8 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 19.5 points and 4.6 assists. Gary Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won 11 of their last 13 home games.

The Trail Blazers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games, 21-9 ATS in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Nuggets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games, 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games. The Trail Blazers are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Denver and 1-6-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Nuggets last 7 overall. The over is 21-7-2 in Trail Blazers last 30 games playing on 1 days rest.

The Portland Trail Blazers are going to have serious issues in this series if they're not able to defend anything, as they gave the Nuggets open looks from deep and couldn't do anything in the paint. Kanter was questionable before the game, so maybe a day off and some treatment will help him for this contest. The Portland Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as a road underdog and have split their last 18 games ATS as an underdog overall. The Denver Nuggets have covered five of their last eight home games as a favorite and have split their last 10 games ATS as a favorite overall. Overall, I'm not the type to overreact from one game and we've seen these Nuggets look great one minute and completely go cold the next. It was the case the entire series against the San Antonio Spurs. I'm not going to be fooled. I'm going to ride the course and take Portland and the points again. I need to see more consistency from these young Nuggets before I hop on the bandwagon. 

Pick:
Portland Trail Blazers +4

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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