Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers: NBA Playoffs Game 1 Betting Preview, Lines, Odds, Insights, and Trends for May 22, 2021

The Denver Nuggets (47-25, 0-0) are 1-point favorites heading into Game 1 of the opening round of the NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers (42-30, 0-0) at Ball Arena on Saturday, starting at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN. The series is tied . The over/under for the matchup is set at 227.5.

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Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Nuggets -1 -110 -110 227.5 -110 -110

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Point Total Insights

  • Denver’s games this year have resulted in a higher total score than Saturday’s matchup over/under (227.5 points) in 34 out of 72 opportunities (47.2% of matchups).
  • In 55.6% of Portland’s games this season (40 of 72), the total points scored was higher than Saturday’s 227.5-point over/under.
  • The Nuggets average 115.1 points per game against the Trail Blazers’ 116.1, amounting to 3.7 points over the game’s total of 227.5.
  • These two teams surrender a combined 224.4 points per game, 3.1 points less than this contest’s over/under.
  • The Nuggets have seen a 225.2 average over/under in their games this season, 2.3 points fewer than the over/under in this matchup.
  • A difference of 2.9 points separates the average total points bet in Trail Blazers’ games (230.4 points) and this contest’s over/under (227.5 points).

Nuggets Betting Data

  • Denver has beat the spread half of the time this year, going 35-35 ATS.
  • When they play as at least 1-point favorites, the Nuggets have a record ATS of 26-27.
  • Denver has covered the over/under the majority of the time, in 38 of 70 games (54.3%).

Nuggets Key Players

  • Nikola Jokic leads the Nuggets in points, rebounds and assists. He averages 26.4 points per game while adding 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists.
  • Michael Porter Jr. makes 2.8 threes per game to lead the Nuggets.
  • Denver’s steals leader is Jokic, who averages 1.3 per game. JaVale McGee leads the team averaging 1.2 blocks an outing.

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Nuggets Last 10 Games

Nuggets Last Five Games
Date Opponent Result Favored Played As Spread Total Nuggets Moneyline Opponent Moneyline Game Type Covered Over/Under
5/16/2021 Trail Blazers 132-116 POR No Away +19.5 239.5 2200 -10000 Regular Season Yes Over
5/14/2021 Pistons 104-91 DEN Yes Away -9.5 215.5 -900 600 Regular Season Yes Under
5/13/2021 Timberwolves 114-103 DEN Yes Away -7.5 233.5 -450 350 Regular Season Yes Under
5/11/2021 Hornets 117-112 DEN Yes Away -2.5 216.5 Regular Season Yes Over
5/8/2021 Nets 125-119 BKN Yes Home -5.5 245.5 -275 220 Regular Season No Under
Nuggets Last 10 Games
Overall Record ATS Record O/U/P AVG Total AVG Pts Scored AVG Pts Allowed AVG Reb. Margin 3Pt %
6-4 8-2 5-5-0 221.8 112.3 109.5 +2.5 39.1%

Nuggets Injuries

Nuggets:

Austin Rivers: Day To Day (Illness),

Will Barton: Out (Hamstring),

Jamal Murray: Out For Season (Knee),

PJ Dozier: Out (Adductor)

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Trail Blazers Betting Data

  • Portland has a 36-34 record against the spread, covering in 51.4% of their matchups.
  • When they are at least 1-point underdogs, the Trail Blazers have not fared well, going 19-20 against the spread.
  • In the majority of Portland’s games this year, the teams have combined to hit the over (39 out of 70 games, 55.7%).

Trail Blazers Key Players

  • Damian Lillard racks up 28.8 points and adds 7.5 assists per game, putting him at the top of the Trail Blazers’ leaderboards in those statistics.
  • Enes Kanter grabs 11.0 rebounds per game (he also scores 11.2 points per game and adds 1.2 assists per game) which puts him at the top of the Portland rebounding leaderboard.
  • Lillard is dependable from deep and leads the Trail Blazers with 4.1 made threes per game.
  • Robert Covington’s steals (1.4 steals per game) and blocks (1.2 blocks per game) lead Portland on defense.

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Trail Blazers Last 10 Games

Trail Blazers Last Five Games
Date Opponent Result Favored Played As Spread Total Trail Blazers Moneyline Opponent Moneyline Game Type Covered Over/Under
5/16/2021 Nuggets 132-116 POR Yes Home -19.5 239.5 -10000 2200 Regular Season No Over
5/13/2021 Suns 118-117 PHO No Away +2.5 222.5 135 -160 Regular Season Yes Over
5/12/2021 Jazz 105-98 POR Yes Away -7.5 213.5 -750 525 Regular Season No Under
5/10/2021 Rockets 140-129 POR Yes Home -19.5 258.5 -10000 3300 Regular Season No Over
5/8/2021 Spurs 124-102 POR Yes Home -13.5 222.5 -1400 825 Regular Season Yes Over
Trail Blazers Last 10 Games
Overall Record ATS Record O/U/P AVG Total AVG Pts Scored AVG Pts Allowed AVG Reb. Margin 3Pt %
8-2 5-5 6-4-0 235.6 123.6 112 +1.4 38.8%

Trail Blazers Injuries

Trail Blazers:

Zach Collins: Out For Season (Ankle)

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