Nuggets, Trail Blazers set for winner-take-all game 7

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood gestures during the second half of Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 119-108. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Trail Blazers (53-29, third in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Denver Nuggets (54-28, second in the Western Conference during the regular season).

Denver; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EDT


BOTTOM LINE: The Portland Trail Blazers visit the Denver Nuggets in game seven of the Western Conference second round. The Trail Blazers won the previous meeting 119-108. Damian Lillard scored 32 points to help lead Portland to the victory and Nikola Jokic recorded 29 points in the loss for Denver.

The Nuggets have gone 34-7 at home. Denver averages 13.4 turnovers per game and is 26-14 when they have fewer turnovers than their opponents.

The Trail Blazers are 6-10 in division play. Portland is third in the NBA with 48 rebounds per game. Jusuf Nurkic leads the Trail Blazers with 10.4.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jamal Murray leads the Nuggets with 2.0 made 3-pointers and averages 18.2 points while shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc. Jokic has averaged 27 points and collected 13.4 rebounds while shooting 51.9 percent over the last 10 games for Denver.

Enes Kanter ranks second on the Trail Blazers with 8.6 rebounds and averages 13.1 points. Lillard has averaged 29.8 points and added 4.3 rebounds while shooting 44.3 percent over the last 10 games for Portland.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Trail Blazers: Averaging 112.2 points, 45.9 rebounds, 18.5 assists, 7.1 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting.

Nuggets: Averaging 110.2 points, 47.5 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 6.1 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting.

Nuggets Injuries: Michael Porter Jr.: out (back).

Trail Blazers Injuries: Jusuf Nurkic: out for season (leg fracture).

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