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2021 NBA Playoffs Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Game 1 Prop Bets Tips & Picks

Posted: May 21, 2021Last updated: May 21, 2021

With the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers set to begin their 2021 NBA Playoffs Round 1 series on Saturday, here are our Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Game 1 Prop Bets Tips & Picks. Keep tabs on all of our sports betting picks throughout the NBA playoffs.


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Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Game 1 Prop Bets Tips

Nikola Jokić UNDER 48.5 Total Points, Rebounds, & Assists (-110)

Jokić will be tasked with doing it all against a Portland squad that is much healthier than Denver going into the playoffs. Without Jamal Murray or Will Barton to assist in creating, the ball will be in Jokić’s hands plenty and he should play a ton of minutes. While Jokić averaged 45.5 of this total per game this season, the added minutes and lineup shrinkage should boost his numbers.

However, Jokić will be the focal point of Portland’s defense, with only Michael Porter Jr. to bail him out. He’ll likely see a lot of double teams and will be forced to pass as a result, limiting his scoring opportunities. Jokić was way below the 48.5 total in each of his last two games against the Trail Blazers, which makes me think he’ll fall short again.

Damian Lillard OVER 3.5 Made Three-Pointers (-135)

Lillard averaged over 4 threes per game for the second season in a row and is one of the more notable playoff performers of the past half-decade. The Nuggets are down several members of their backcourt and will be forced to either double-team Lillard or stick someone like Facundo Campazzo on him. Both moves could negate him to an extent, but Lillard will still get his from three-point range, especially if Monté Morris is guarding him.

Jusuf Nurkić UNDER 14.5 Points (-110)

Nurkić averaged just 11.5 points per game this year and isn’t a main part of Portland’s offense, so 15+ points seems like a stretch, especially since he hasn’t made a major dent in previous postseasons. He’ll also be covered by Jokić, which will make it tough for him to score around the rim as well.

Thanks for reading our Nuggets vs Trail Blazers Game 1 Prop Bets Tips & Picks! For more betting advice on the NBA postseason, check out The Game Day’s NBA Playoffs coverage.

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Kev Mahserejian

Kev Mahserejian is an NFL/NBA/MLB analyst at The Game Day, residing in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 and began creating sports content soon after. Kev currently writes fantasy and betting pieces while also hosting his podcast The Operating Room with various guests from the sports industry to discuss topics primarily regarding fantasy. He also writes for RotoBaller and is quite active on his Twitter @RotoSurgeon.

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