Trail Blazers vs. Nuggets tips off tonight.
The Portland Trail Blazers tip off against the Denver Nuggets for Game 1 of the West Semifinals. They came out of the regular season with a record of 53-29 which placed them in 2nd in the Northwest. In the first round they west tasked with taking on Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. They ran a successful campaign as they defeated the Thunder 4 games to 1. Leading the team in scoring in the post season are Damian Lillard (33 ppg) and CJ McCollum (24.4 ppg). Lillard is also averaging 6 assist and 2.4 steals per game. Rebounds leader is center Enes Kanter with 10.2 although he is only getting in 13.2 points.
The Denver Nuggets finished the regular season with a record of 54-28 and 1st place in the Northwest Division. They faced the San Antonio Spurs in the first round giving up 3 games and finishing the series in 7. Scoring leader in the playoffs is center Nikola Jokic with 23.1 ppg, 12.1 rpg and 9.1 apg. He is also leading in steals with an average of 1.3 per game. Point guard Jamal Murray is averaging 19 ppg and 4.1 assists. The Nuggets have a solid squad and a good chance of making the finals this season, as long as they don’t have to face the Warriors.
What are the odds on the favorite for game 1?
The favorites for tonight’s Game 1 are the Denver Nuggets -4 and the combined total for both teams is over/under 216 points. The early consensus indicates that 53% are supporting the Portland Trail Blazers +4 and 59% think the game total will exceed 216 points.
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