Who's Playing

Denver @ Portland

Current Records: Denver 47-24; Portland 41-30

What to Know

The Portland Trail Blazers will be returning home after a two-game road trip. They will take on the Denver Nuggets at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter after having had a few days off. Denver should still be riding high after a victory, while the Trail Blazers will be looking to regain their footing.

Rip City was just a bucket short of a win this past Thursday and fell 118-117 to the Phoenix Suns. A silver lining for Portland was the play of point guard Damian Lillard, who had 41 points and five assists in addition to five boards. The game made it Dame's seventh in a row with at least 30 points.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets didn't have too much trouble with the Detroit Pistons on the road this past Friday as they won 104-91. Denver's center Nikola Jokic did his thing and dropped a triple-double on 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists. That makes it three consecutive games in which Jokic has had at least 11 rebounds.

Denver's victory brought them up to 47-24 while Portland's defeat pulled them down to 41-30. Both teams are in the playoff hunt, so this is a critical matchup.

The Trail Blazers are the favorite in this one, with an expected 8.5-point margin of victory. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a two-game streak of ATS wins.

In the teams' previous meeting in April, Rip City and the Nuggets were neck-and-neck, but Rip City came up empty-handed after a 106-105 loss. Can Rip City avenge their loss, or is history doomed to repeat itself? We'll soon find out.

How To Watch

  • When: Sunday at 9 p.m. ET
  • Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter -- Portland, Oregon
  • TV: Altitude Sports & Entertainmnt
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Trail Blazers are a big 8.5-point favorite against the Nuggets, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as an 8.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Denver have won 16 out of their last 29 games against Portland.

  • Apr 21, 2021 - Denver 106 vs. Portland 105
  • Feb 23, 2021 - Denver 111 vs. Portland 106
  • Aug 06, 2020 - Portland 125 vs. Denver 115
  • Feb 04, 2020 - Denver 127 vs. Portland 99
  • Dec 12, 2019 - Denver 114 vs. Portland 99
  • Oct 23, 2019 - Denver 108 vs. Portland 100
  • May 12, 2019 - Portland 100 vs. Denver 96
  • May 09, 2019 - Portland 119 vs. Denver 108
  • May 07, 2019 - Denver 124 vs. Portland 98
  • May 05, 2019 - Denver 116 vs. Portland 112
  • May 03, 2019 - Portland 140 vs. Denver 137
  • May 01, 2019 - Portland 97 vs. Denver 90
  • Apr 29, 2019 - Denver 121 vs. Portland 113
  • Apr 07, 2019 - Portland 115 vs. Denver 108
  • Apr 05, 2019 - Denver 119 vs. Portland 110
  • Jan 13, 2019 - Denver 116 vs. Portland 113
  • Nov 30, 2018 - Denver 113 vs. Portland 112
  • Apr 09, 2018 - Denver 88 vs. Portland 82
  • Jan 22, 2018 - Denver 104 vs. Portland 101
  • Dec 22, 2017 - Denver 102 vs. Portland 85
  • Nov 13, 2017 - Portland 99 vs. Denver 82
  • Mar 28, 2017 - Portland 122 vs. Denver 113
  • Dec 15, 2016 - Denver 132 vs. Portland 120
  • Nov 13, 2016 - Portland 112 vs. Denver 105
  • Oct 29, 2016 - Portland 115 vs. Denver 113
  • Apr 13, 2016 - Portland 107 vs. Denver 99
  • Jan 03, 2016 - Portland 112 vs. Denver 106
  • Dec 30, 2015 - Portland 110 vs. Denver 103
  • Nov 09, 2015 - Denver 108 vs. Portland 104

Injury Report for Portland

  • Zach Collins: Out (Ankle)

Injury Report for Denver

  • Will Barton: Out (Hamstring)
  • PJ Dozier: Out (Groin)
  • Jamal Murray: Out for the Season (Knee)