Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers: 2021 NBA 1st Round Preview

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Hello everyone! Welcome to Sports Teller! Today, we will be showcasing the Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers: 2021 NBA 1st Round Preview. In fact, we will be showcasing the overall series prediction as well as the 2021 results from each team. In addition, we will be going over each team’s playoff history as well as the key players to watch. Without further adieu, let’s begin!

Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers: 2021 NBA 1st Round Preview

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2021 NBA Western Conference Playoffs-1st Round: Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Series Start Time for All Seven Games:

Game 1-Saturday, May 22, 2021 (10:30 P.M. EDT/7:30 P.M. PDT on ESPN)

Game 2-Monday, May 24, 2021 (10:00 P.M. EDT/7:00 P.M. PDT on TNT)

Game 3-Thursday, May 27, 2021 (10:30 P.M. EDT/7:30 P.M. PDT on NBA TV)

Game 4-Saturday, May 29, 2021 (4:00 P.M. EDT/1:00 P.M. PDT on TNT)

*Game 5-Tuesday, June 1, 2021 (TBA and if Necessary)

*Game 6-Thursday, June 3, 2021 (TBA and if Necessary)

Do or Die Game 7-Saturday, June 5, 2021 (TBA and if Necessary)

Series Locations: Ball Arena-Denver, CO (Games 1, 2, 5, 7) & Moda Center-Portland, OR (Games 3, 4, 6)

2020-2021 Regular Season Series: Nuggets Won the Regular Season Series vs. Trail Blazers 2-1

Most Recent Playoff Meeting: 2019 West Semifinals (POR Won 4-3)

Denver Nuggets (47-25)-#3 Seed in the West

  • 3 Straight Playoff Appearances for the 1st Time Since 2004-2013
  • 4th Postseason Meeting vs. Trail Blazers (1977, 1986, 2019, 2021)
  • Denver is 8-9 vs. Portland All-Time in the Playoffs
  • 7th Postseason Appearance Since 2010
  • Looking for 1st Playoff Series Win Since 2020 West Semifinals vs. Clippers
  • Has Not Advanced to the Western Conference Finals in Back-to-Back Seasons
  • Seeking 1st League Finals Appearance Since 1976 (as ABA Team)
  • Has Not Won a League Championship in Franchise History (ABA nor NBA)

Portland Trail Blazers (42-30)-#6 Seed in the West

  • 7th Straight Playoff Appearance Dating Back to 2014
  • 4th Postseason Meeting vs. Nuggets (1st Since 2019)
  • Portland is 9-8 vs. Denver All-Time in the Playoffs
  • Seeking 1st Playoff Series Win Since 2019 West Semifinals vs. Nuggets
  • Has Not Been to the Western Conference Finals Since 2019
  • Looking for 1st NBA Finals Appearance Since 1992
  • Seeking First NBA Championship Since 1977
  • 9th Postseason Appearance Since 2010

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Top Players to Watch in Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers Series (2020-2021 Regular Season Statistics)

Denver Nuggets

  • C Nikola Jokic: 26.4 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 8.3 APG
  • PF Aaron Gordon: 10.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.2 APG
  • SF Michael Porter Jr: 19.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.1 APG
  • PF Paul Millsap: 9.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.8 APG
  • PF JaMychal Green: 8.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.9 APG

Portland Trail Blazers

  • PG Damian Lillard: 28.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7.5 APG
  • SG C.J. McCollum: 23.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.7 APG
  • PF Carmelo Anthony: 13.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG
  • C Jusuf Nurkic: 11.5 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.4 APG
  • SF Norman Powell: 17.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.8 APG

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Official Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers: 2021 NBA 1st Round Series Prediction

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