The Portland Trail Blazers take on the Denver Nuggets in a huge game on Thursday evening. Portland is fighting for their playoff lives, as they currently occupy ninth place in the Western Conference standings, but there are four teams within two games of them. They are 1.5 games behind eight-place Memphis. The Nuggets are third in the West, just one game behind the second-place Los Angeles Clippers. Both teams are 2-1 since play resumed.
Trail Blazers looking to continue playoff pushThe Portland Trail Blazers have had the offense going in their three games since resuming play. They have scored at least 110 points in each of the three games. They are coming off a 110-102 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum paced Portland was 21 and 20 points, respectively. Jusuf Nurkic chipped in with a double-double with 18 points and 19 rebounds. The Trail Blazers shot just 39.1% from the floor and 35.8% from three-point range.
"We understand what's on the line and we know what we got to do to to give ourselves a chance in the postseason," Lillard said on espn.com. "And that's what we're doing."
Lillard and McCollum lead the way for the Trail Blazers, scoring 28.8 and 22.5 points per game, respectively. Nurkic missed the whole season pre-pandemic, but has averaged 22.0 points per game since the season resumed. Portland is averaging 114.1 points per game this season, while 46.2% and 37.5% from three-point range.
Nuggets go for two wins in two daysThe Denver Nuggets upended the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday by a score of 132-126, as Michael Porter, Jr. scored 30 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. It was Porter's second straight 30 point game. Nikola Jokic added 25 points for the winners. Denver shot the ball very well in the game, shooting 54.9% from the floor. They also shot 38.9% from three-point range. The Nuggets scored 43 points in the fourth quarter, the most that either team scored in any quarter, to secure the victory.
"Porter is a fine young talent," San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said on espn.com. "And Jokic, he's like a reincarnation of Larry Bird. He does everything. He's amazing. They were great."
Jokic leads six players that average in double figure for the Nuggets. He is averaging 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Jamal Murray, who is averaging 18.8 points per game. Denver is averaging 110.5 points per game. They are shooting 47.0% from the floor and 35.4% from three-point range.
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