Top takeaways from Blazers-Nuggets Game 7


All told, the second-year forward racked up five rebounds and four blocks while scoring seven points.

The Blazers were down 48-39 at halftime and trailed by just a point head into the fourth quarter. Portland is third in the National Basketball Association with 48 rebounds per game.

Sorry Nuggets fans who were eagerly awaiting to see their team in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009.

According to oddsmakers, the Nuggets are the favorite at home today, as they are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Blazers.

The Blazers knocked down 15 of their 33 3-point attempts in Game 6 while shooting 41 of 89 from the field overall. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 110.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting.

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Jokic, who was making his postseason debut, averaged 24.8 points, 13.0 rebounds and 8.9 assists in the playoffs. Jusuf Nurkic leads the Trail Blazers with 10.4.

The wear of battling for six games, including a four-overtime marathon in Game 3, was obvious late Thursday. When those experienced teams are listed as the underdog, they are 5-0 ATS, covering by 7.2 points per game.

After Denver ran out to an early double-digit advantage, the Blazers managed to claw back into Game 7 in Denver in the third quarter thanks to the incredible play of C.J. McCollum. And while the Nuggets are still babies in terms of playoff experience, just winning a game seven against the San Antonio Spurs will help calm the nerves a bit.

"Day-by-day, " Hood said Sunday after the game. Since 2005, teams that won Game 6 have gone 20-25 straight up and 23-22 against the spread in Game 7. Additionally, he simply could not find his shooters like we're used to, finishing with just two assists.

The first one gave Portland an 81-76 lead and the second one made it 92-85 and followed Lillard's steal of Jokic's outlet pass.