The Nuggets just weren’t good enough in game 6 and will now return home to try and win the series in game 7. This was despite another great day at the office for Nikola Jokic, who had 29 points, 12 boards, and 8 assists. Jamal Murray also continued his stellar series, pouring in 24 points, 10 boards, and 5 assists of his own. Denver will need much more production from their bench in game 7, who combined to score just 13 points last time out.
Portland Trail Blazers
As expected, the Blazers delivered a resurgent home performance in game 6 to force a game 7. Damian Lillard was again the star of the show, leading the way with 32 points and 5 assists. CJ McCollum also added 30 of his own in 42 gritty minutes of action. Rodney Hood stepped up big time for the second time in this series, arguably winning Portland the game with 25 quick points off the bench.
Prediction: Nuggets to win $1.45
I mentioned in my preview for game 6 that this series was eerily similar to Denver’s first round series with San Antonio. Despite entering game 7 tied at 3, I think the Nuggets have been the better side for the majority of this series. They’ve got a huge advantage on the interior, as well as the defensive guards to contain Dame and CJ. While it could prove to be a relatively close affair, I’m confident that Denver can get the job done at home.
The Raptors laid an egg in game 6 and were thoroughly outplayed in the competitive portion of the game. Kawhi Leonard still played a surprisingly high 40 minutes, racking up 29 points and 12 boards in the process. Pascal Siakam is starting to look like his old self again, going for 21 points on 8/16 shooting. Toronto still needs much more from it’s surrounding talent, with Kyle Lowry the next highest scorer on just 13 points.
Much like in game 3, the Sixers had one of their best games of the seasons on home soil in game 6. Jimmy Butler continues to wreak havoc, going for 25 points, 8 assists, and 6 boards in the win. Ben Simmons was also much more assertive in game 6, impressively piling up 21 points, 8 boards, and 6 assists. Joel Embiid also had a much bigger impact, going for 17 points, 12 boards, and a +40 net rating.
Prediction: Under 209.5
Game 7’s tend to be nervy affairs and I can’t see this being any exception. The two sides will likely trot out very thin rotations in this one which should lend itself to a slower style of play. Scoring hasn’t exactly been free-flowing in this series either, with the under cashing in 5 of 6 instances. While there isn’t a lot of line value in this play, I’m still anticipating a relatively low scoring affair.