NBA 2022 Live: Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Preview, Team News, Predicted Line-Ups, and DEN vs POR Dream11 Prediction. The Denver Nuggets begin a six-game homestand on Thursday night against the division rival Portland Trail Blazers.
Where to watch the Nuggets vs Trail Blazers game?
For the third time this season, the two clubs will face off. In their most recent matchup on Nov. 24, the Trail Blazers beat the Nuggets 119-100. With 32 points, CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers, while Jeff Green led the Nuggets with 24 points. Each NBA team has its own distinct viewpoint.
If you have an NBA League Pass membership, you can watch the game on the NBA App, and it will also be broadcast nationally on TNT. Let’s take a look at the most recent team news as well as our Dream11 predictions for the Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers showdown.
Team news and Injuries
On Thursday, the Blazers received some bad news when they revealed that Damian Lillard has chosen to have surgery on a recurring abdominal problem and would be out for the next 6-8 weeks. C.J. McCollum, Norman Powell, Anfernee Simons, Larry Nance, and Cody Zeller are among the players on the injury list for Lillard.
Coming into this meeting, Denver has a number of players on the injury report. However, the bulk of the players have been with the team for the duration of the season, and the Nuggets expect a couple to return for this game. P.J. Dozier and Michael Porter Jr. are both out for the season, and Jamal Murray is currently rehabbing from ACL surgery.
Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Preview
Lillard hasn’t played since December 31st, and Portland has only played five games in that time. The Blazers have an Offensive Rating of 117.3 in those games, which is much better than their season average of 110.4. Their issues stem on the defensive end of the court, where they have surrendered an average of 111.2 points per game in the current year, raising their Defensive Rating to 115.8 from 114.5 in the previous season.
Barton’s return to the lineup would certainly aid a struggling Denver offense, which has an Offensive Rating of 107.5 since the start of the season, which ranks 22nd in the NBA. Denver has shot just over 47% from the field in that time, but the Nuggets as a team have shot just 28.6% from beyond the arc, which has played a key factor in their troubles on that end of the floor. This team, on the other hand, hasn’t missed a beat defensively, allowing only 103.7 points per game in the previous six games.
Nuggets vs Trail Blazers: Head to Head record
The Nuggets and the Trail Blazers have played 189 games in the regular season, with the Nuggets winning 88 games and the Trail Blazers winning 101. The Nuggets have won three of their previous five meetings with the Trail Blazers.
Nuggets vs Trail Blazers: Predicted Lineups
Point Guard – Monte Morris; Shooting Guard – Facundo Compazzo; Small Forward – Aaron Gordon; Power Forward – Jeff Green; Center – Nikola Jokic.
Portland Trail Blazers
G – Anfernee Simons, G – Norman Powell, F – Nassir Little, F – Robert Covington, C – Jusuf Nurkic
DEN vs POR Live: Dream11 Team
Point Guard – M. Morris, A. Simons
Shooting Guard – F. Compazzo, N. Powell
Small Forward – A. Gordon, N. Little
Power Forward – J. Green
Center – N. Jokic
Disclaimer: The aforementioned Dream11 team and prediction are based on our own research and analysis. We do not guarantee any success on the selection of these players in your team.