The Portland Trial Blazers (41-30), who currently sit in the sixth spot out West, tied with the Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Denver Nuggets (47-24) in Sunday's regular season finale.
Denver leads the season series, 2-0.
The Nuggets have gone 14-21 at the Moda Center since the 2002-03 season. Denver has also won the season series against Portland in 10 of its last 19 years.
For the Blazers, a win will earn Portland a playoff berth and mean the team will avoid the play-in tournament.
Sunday, the Trail Blazers are -9 point favorites against the Nuggets, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: -9 (-110) – Nuggets: +9 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Sunday, May 16
Where: Moda Center | Portland, OR
Start time: 6:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The Blazers will be without Zach Collins (left ankle).
For the Nuggets, Will Barton (right hamstring; strain), PJ Dozier (right adductor; strain) and Jamal Murray (left ACL; surgery) are out.
Projected starting lineup:
For the Blazers –
- Damian Lillard
- CJ McCollum
- Norman Powell
- Robert Covington
- Jusuf Nurkic
For the Nuggets –
- Vlatko Cancar
- Michael Porter Jr.
- Austin Rivers
- Nikola Jokic
- Markus Howard
What happened last time:
Denver narrowly defeated Portland, 106-105, back on April 21 at Moda Center.
In the loss, Damian Lillard led Portland with 22 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Nikola Jokic paced the Nuggets with 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Jokic has recorded at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in four of his last five games against the Blazers.
In two games against the Nuggets this season, Lillard has averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 9.0 assists. He has scored at least 20 points in each of his last four games against Denver, including a 45-point outing in the Orlando Bubble on August 6, 2020. He also matched a career-high 11 three-pointers in the win.