Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers Odds For Game 3
Just when I thought the Denver Nuggets looked dead, following a gross showing in Game 1 of the series, they come storming back in Game 2 to tie the series against the Portland Trail Blazers at one game apiece.
Technically, they’re still behind the eight ball after dropping a game at home. But, Game 2 had to do wonders for their confidence. Yes, their backcourt was still pretty bad, but they hit shots when needed, unlike Game 1. The Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers odds are out and we now know what to expect from oddsmakers. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know for Game 3.
Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers Moneyline Odds
Denver Nuggets +150
Portland Trail Blazers -162
A little surprising to see Portland as such a sizeable favorite. They were +105 in Game 2 after their Game 1 win. Now they drop Game 2 and move all the way to -162 on the ML? Sure, Portland is at home, but the Trail Blazers have a better record on the road than they do at home. They will finally have a decent sized crowd in the arena, with 8,000 vaccinated fans allowed to attend, it just seems like a steep change in odds from Game 2 to Game 3, especially following a loss.
Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers Point Spread
Denver Nuggets +3.5
Portland Trail Blazers -3.5
Denver Nuggets Preview
Nikola Jokic, despite being the probable winner of this season’s MVP, is still not getting the respect he deserves. He’s not a massive defensive presence, but the way he changes the game on offense makes every single opposing player adjust and have to think twice when he has the ball.
The Denver frontcourt is almost unstoppable. The problem has been their non-existent backcourt ever since the injury to Jamal Murray. They got better production from Facundo Campazzo and Austin Rivers in Game 2, and 12 points off the bench from Monte Morris, but I still think they’ll need a bit more if they’re going to hold off the Blazers.
Portland Trail Blazers Preview
What more could you really ask for from Damian Lillard? In Game 1 he put up 34 points, only to follow it up with 42 in Game 2. The Trail Blazers’ issue hasn’t been their star players, it’s been their supporting cast. Robert Covington can’t score 3 points in 37 minutes, even if he’s being used largely as a shutdown defender, And Carmelo Anthony needs to give them a better shooting performance than 1-5. They need players other than Lillard and CJ McCollum to score, and they didn’t get that on Monday.
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Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers Game 3 Key Information
Date: Thursday, May 27
Time: 10:30 pm ET
Venue: Moda Center
How To Watch Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers
TV Channel: NBATV
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers Prediction
Nuggets ML @ +150