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Portland now travels to Denver for Game 5 of its best-of-seven series. The Nuggets were able to hold off the Trail Blazers, 116-112 on Sunday night. The Nuggets biggest lead was 10 as Denver evened up the series at 2-2.
After Sunday’s loss, Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard said his team, “is in a good space,” while Rodney Hood added,” “both teams are scratching and clawing, it’s time to get home-court advantage back.”
With both teams as evenly matched as the Nuggets and Trail Blazers, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said Monday -- he thinks the series will come down to who plays better defense.
Coach Stotts spoke with the media Monday afternoon via a conference call. Stotts mentioned that he and his coaching staff have “thought about changing up some thing heading into Game 5.”
The Trail Blazers are feeling confident that they can steal another one in Denver after taking Game 2 in the Mile High City last week.
“We’ve won on the road in OKC and in Denver,” Stotts said Monday afternoon. “We know that’s something that we’ve done before and can do again.”
Where to Watch: TNT
Tip-Off Time: 7:30 p.m.
Point spread: Denver -4.5
NBCS NW Coverage: Blazers Outsiders Pregame Show (7:00 p.m.), Blazers Outsiders Postgame Show (immediately after the game).
Radio: 620AM Rip City Radio
For the Trail Blazers, Jusuf Nurkic (left leg) is out for Friday’s Game 5 vs. Denver.
For the Nuggets, Michael Porter Jr. (lower back) is out.
Mike Richman: By slowing down Damian Lillard, Denver evened the series