Nuggets, Trail Blazers square off with series tied 2-2
Denver; Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: Series tied 2-2
BOTTOM LINE: The Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trail Blazers are in a 2-2 series tie in the Western Conference second round. The Nuggets won the previous matchup 116-112. Jamal Murray scored 34 points to lead Denver to the victory and CJ McCollum recorded 29 points in the loss for Portland.
The Nuggets have gone 12-4 against division opponents. Denver ranks fourth in the league with 52.2 points in the paint, led by Nikola Jokic averaging 11.8.
The Trail Blazers are 6-10 against the rest of their division. Portland is third in the Western Conference with 11.8 offensive rebounds per game, led by Enes Kanter averaging 3.7.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jokic leads the Nuggets scoring 20.1 points per game and averaging 10.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists. Murray has averaged 22.2 points and added 3.8 rebounds while shooting 46.0 percent over the last 10 games for Denver.
Damian Lillard leads the Trail Blazers scoring 25.8 points and collecting 4.6 rebounds. McCollum has averaged 22.8 points and totaled five rebounds while shooting 40.0 percent over the last 10 games for Portland.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Trail Blazers: Averaging 113 points, 46.6 rebounds, 18.4 assists, 7.6 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 45.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110 points on 43.7 percent shooting.
Nuggets: Averaging 109.1 points, 46.4 rebounds, 24.8 assists, 6.2 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.9 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.7 points on 46.0 percent shooting.
Nuggets Injuries: Michael Porter Jr.: out (back).
Trail Blazers Injuries: Jusuf Nurkic: out for season (leg fracture).