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Nuggets @ Trail Blazers: Lillard, McCollum will guide Portland to Game 6 win at home

Nuggets @ Trail Blazers NBA odds spreads and predictions

The Denver Nuggets will look to close out this Western Conference semifinal series in Portland on Thursday night.

The second-seeded Nuggets put third-seeded Portland away with a 124-98 home victory on Tuesday in Game 5 of a series that had been even through four contests.

Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic dominated Portland's Enes Kanter in Game 5, recording a 25-point, 19-rebound double-double. Jokic also had six assists.

Paul Millsap added 24 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks, Jamal Murray contributed 18 points, five rebounds and nine assists, and Gary Harris had 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Nuggets in the win.

Game information

When is it? Thursday May 9th

What time is tip off? 10:00 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Moda Center

Which channel is it on? ESPN

The lowdown

If the Trail Blazers want to send this series back to Denver for a Game 7, they need guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to step up in a big way in Game 6.

Lillard has shot just 7-for-32 on three-pointers since his 39-point outburst in Game 1 of the series, and McCollum had only 12 points on 5-for-16 shooting in Game 5, which was his lowest scoring playoff game since 2017.

Lillard finished with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists, and McCollum added four rebounds and three assists to go along with his 12 points for the Trail Blazers in the loss.

The Trail Blazers got 14 points apiece from Zach Collins and Rodney Hood off the bench.

Nuggets @ Trail Blazers Spread

The Portland Trail Blazers are giving the Nuggets 4 points in this basketball game.

I like Lillard, McCollum and the Blazers to come away with the home win in Game 6.

This series just has a feel to it that it will go seven games.

Take the Blazers minus the points at home.

Nuggets @ Trail Blazers Over/Under

The over/under in this one is set at 215.5 total points.

My final score prediction: Portland Trail Blazers 115, Denver Nuggets 110.

Roll with the over in this matchup.

Where the game will be won or lost

The Portland Trail Blazers will begin their rally from a 3-2 deficit in this playoff series for the first time in franchise history when they host Game 6 on Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semis.

Each team won once on the other's home court in those first four games.

The Nuggets came away with a 116-112 victory on Sunday at Portland that erased a 2-1 deficit and returned the home-court advantage to the Nuggets.

Denver had four starters with no playoff experience before this season, but that hasn't mattered as the Nuggets are one win shy of a first trip to the Western Conference finals in 10 years.

If the Trail Blazers do take Game 6 at home, a Game 7 would be played in Denver on Sunday.

The Trail Blazers haven't made it to a Game 7 since losing to Dallas in the first round in the 2003 NBA playoffs. They last won a seven-game series against the San Antonio Spurs back in 1990, as they made the NBA Finals.

The Nuggets experienced a similar situation in the first round, when they won two straight against San Antonio to go up 3-2, before they allowed the Spurs to tie the series at home, which set up a tense Game 7 that Denver escaped with a win.

All signs point towards this series going the distance. I like the Blazers in this one.

Daniel Canova
@DanCanova in NBA