Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers Game 6 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Jun 03, 2021

One of the most entertaining first-round series in the playoffs might be coming to an end Thursday night as the Nuggets visit the Blazers in Game 6 of their first-round series.

Denver
47-25
AT
June 03, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Moda Center
Portland
42-30
Pointspread +5.5 -115
Moneyline +170
Over / Under o +228.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

Pointspread -5.5 -105
Moneyline -205
Over / Under u +228.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

The Nuggets seized a pivotal 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven with an epic 147-140 double-overtime home victory, overcoming a sensational 55-point effort from Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard in the process.

Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers NBA Playoff Odds

Facing their first elimination game of the series, the Blazers have the full faith of the books, who have installed them as five-point favourites. The betting public, on the other hand, is not nearly as confident, with just 53 percent learning toward Portland to cover. The Blazers have been a poor ATS team at home so far this season, having gone just 16-22. But they’ve won five of their last six games SU at Moda Center, and are 12-5 in their past 17 overall.

The total for Thursday’s Game 6 showdown is set at 227.5, with the Over and Under at an identical -110. And there is no doubt where the public is leaning here, with 93 percent siding with the O227.5. Four of the first five games have surpassed the total, with only Portland’s 115-95 rout in Game 4 falling short. The teams have converted the Over in five of their past six head-to-head meetings overall, with all of those games finishing north of 230 total points.

Denver Nuggets

The recipe for success might not be this simple, but how the Nuggets fare from the 3-point line will likely go a long way toward dictating the outcome Thursday. Denver is shooting a blistering 48 percent from 3-point territory in its three victories in the series, and just 30 percent in its two defeats. And the Nuggets dominated from beyond the arc when it mattered most in Game 5, going 5-for-7 in extra time (while holding Portland to 4-of-12 shooting from long range).

Portland Trail Blazers

Game 5 ultimately came down to Lillard having to be a one-man show in extra time – and not in a good way. The rest of the Blazers shot a dismal 1-for-14 in the first and second overtime periods, leaving Lillard to provide the bulk of the offence in those extra sessions (and ultimately falling short). That was a stark contrast to Portland’s one-sided Game 4 victory, when the Blazers cruised to victory despite Lillard scoring just 10 points on 1-of-10 shooting.

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