This coming Tuesday, the Portland Trail Blazers will travel to Denver, Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets. This will be the fourth and final time these two teams meet this season; the Nuggets won the previous matchup.
Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic’s current injury status
- THE BLAZERS
The Portland Trail Blazers are currently nine games behind the eighth-place Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference.
Their offensive output is 113.3 ppg at a clip of 47.9%. The team’s average scoring output is 17th in the league, and their shooting percentage is 10th.
Damian Lillard still averages the most points per game with 28.8 on 45% shooting from the field.
The defensive efforts of the Blazers have been lacking. At this time, their opponents are scoring 112.6 points per game against them while shooting 47.3% from the field.
This ranks as the 19th best defensive shooting percentage and 13th best defensive scoring average allowed.
|Vlatko Cancar||SF||Mon, Jan 16||Lower Leg||Game Time Decision|
|Jamal Murray||PG||Mon, Jan 16||Ankle||Game Time Decision|
|Collin Gillespie||PG||Mon, Jan 16||Lower Leg||Expected to be out until at least Jan 24|
|Bones Hyland||PG||Mon, Jan 16||Ankle||Game Time Decision|
|Peyton Watson||SF||Mon, Jan 16||Thigh||Expected to be out until at least Jan 20|
|Jeff Green||PF||Wed, Jan 4||Hand||Expected to be out until at least Jan 20|
- THE NUGGEST
The Nuggets had previously defeated the Orlando Magic by a score of 119-116.
The game was decided by a step-back three-point shot from Nikola Jokic with a few seconds remaining. To take care of domestic matters, Denver will need to keep operating at peak efficiency.
The Denver Nuggets are currently atop the Western Conference standings, with a half-game lead over the Memphis Grizzlies.
On offense, they score 117 points per game on average with a field goal percentage of 50.9%. To the tune of 7.7 points per game, they have the league’s best shooting percentage.
This season, Denver’s defense has allowed opponents to average 113.1 points per game on 48% shooting from the field.
Both the points per game allowed and the shooting percentage are low, ranking 14th and 24th in the league, respectively.
|Gary Payton II||PG||Mon, Jan 16||Hip||Game Time Decision|
|Justise Winslow||SG||Thu, Jan 12||Ankle||Expected to be out until at least Jan 28|