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

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BetMGM Sep 27, 2021, 2:04 AM

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
FavoriteSpreadFavorite Spread OddsUnderdog Spread OddsTotalOver Total OddsUnder Total Odds
Nuggets-1-110-110227.5-110-110

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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
DateOpponentResultFavoredPlayed AsSpreadTotalNuggets MoneylineOpponent MoneylineGame TypeCoveredOver/Under
5/16/2021Trail Blazers132-116 PORNoAway+19.5239.52200-10000Regular SeasonYesOver
5/14/2021Pistons104-91 DENYesAway-9.5215.5-900600Regular SeasonYesUnder
5/13/2021Timberwolves114-103 DENYesAway-7.5233.5-450350Regular SeasonYesUnder
5/11/2021Hornets117-112 DENYesAway-2.5216.5--Regular SeasonYesOver
5/8/2021Nets125-119 BKNYesHome-5.5245.5-275220Regular SeasonNoUnder
Nuggets Last 10 Games
Overall RecordATS RecordO/U/PAVG TotalAVG Pts ScoredAVG Pts AllowedAVG Reb. Margin3Pt %
6-48-25-5-0221.8112.3109.5+2.539.1%

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
DateOpponentResultFavoredPlayed AsSpreadTotalTrail Blazers MoneylineOpponent MoneylineGame TypeCoveredOver/Under
5/16/2021Nuggets132-116 PORYesHome-19.5239.5-100002200Regular SeasonNoOver
5/13/2021Suns118-117 PHONoAway+2.5222.5135-160Regular SeasonYesOver
5/12/2021Jazz105-98 PORYesAway-7.5213.5-750525Regular SeasonNoUnder
5/10/2021Rockets140-129 PORYesHome-19.5258.5-100003300Regular SeasonNoOver
5/8/2021Spurs124-102 PORYesHome-13.5222.5-1400825Regular SeasonYesOver
Trail Blazers Last 10 Games
Overall RecordATS RecordO/U/PAVG TotalAVG Pts ScoredAVG Pts AllowedAVG Reb. Margin3Pt %
8-25-56-4-0235.6123.6112+1.438.8%

Trail Blazers Injuries

Trail Blazers:Zach Collins: Out For Season (Ankle)

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