Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers / NBA – What a thrilling matchup is Nuggets-Blazers series! Game 4 is going to be included in NBA play-off anthology, although first three weren’t any less interesting or uncertain. In any case, after four games the result in the series stands at 2-2, while the fifth game will be played in Denver.
Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers begins 08.05.2019 at 04:30 CET
After four overtimes and defeat in Game 3 137-140 Denver gathered its strength and revenged to Portland for home defeat. With that it equalised the serried to 2-2. The third game and said four overtimes are the longest play-off game since 1953, while the best Nuggets’ player Nikola Jokic is recorded in the history as a player with the most minutes in play-off game, since he spent 65 minutes on the court in that game!
The two teams had less than 48 hours for rest but that couldn’t be seen on the players. Jokic led the Nuggets to victory with the second consecutive triple-double (he set new Nuggets’ record and removed Fat Lever from position of record holder with triple-doubles in the play-off). Murray scored 34 points, Millsap 21, and Barton finally woke up which the Nuggets definitely needed. The victory is a great boots for the Nuggets moral before getting back to their arena. Fans are worried about Jokic’s minor injury, although he did finish Game 3.
Probable lineups Denver Nuggets: Murray, Harris, Craig, Millsap, Jokic
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland failed to materialise away triumph and great victory after four overtimes and has suffered home defeat 112-116, mostly due to drop in performances in the third period which they lost 14-27. What brought victory in Game 3 – offensive rebound was now on the Nuggets side, while with relatively meek defence they forced the Nuggets to mere 8 turnovers. The Trail Blazers shot well although Lillard could have much better shooting from the field 9/22 and 2/7 for three points.
Kanter was fully blocked (just 5 points), while hero of the third game Hood was left on only 7 points. Portland suffered the first home defeat in the play-off, although we should add that they didn’t have 3-1 lead in Conference semi-finals since 2000. At the beginning of game centre Nurkic was seen near the court, who is recovering from leg surgery, which the fans loudly cheered. That didn’t help to win, like it was the case against Oklahoma.
Probable lineups Portland Trail Blazers: Lillard, McCollum, Aminu, Harkless, Kanter
Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers PICK
Some things speak in Denver favour. The Nuggets have score this season in games they play one after another 12-1, and 13-3 when games are resolved with three-point and smaller difference (although one of those defeats was suffered right by Portland). The Nuggets will have mental advantage after winning very exhausting Game 3. That is why they should channel all that into path that will lead them towards new triumph and the final of Western Conference.
Pick: Denver -4.5 points
Odds: 1.92 at 10bet (down to 1.83 can be played)
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