Portland Trailblazers vs Denver Nuggets Dream11 Prediction: Dream11 Fantasy Tips for DEN vs POR | Game 2 as TSR helps you make the best Dream11 team
Portland has been rocking ever since Damian Lillard buried that shot in Paul George’s face to seal the 1st round series, but the wind got knocked out of that sail very fast after they got dominated in the game 1 against a Denver side that was supposed to have been tired and the underdog, after a grueling 7 game series against the San Antonio Spurs that ended up with them getting a 1 day break between the two series’ while Blazers enjoyed nearly a week off.
Portland’s lack of a traditional big man may not have hurt them in the series against the Thunder where their mobile back court and an underutilized Steven Adams meant the Thunder actually played in a way that benefited the Blazers rather than making use of that advantage by channeling more of their offense in the paint through Adams. That was never going to be an issue for the Nuggets. If there is one thing they rely upon more than anything else, it is playing through their big man, who runs their entire offense.
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Jokic is not only big and efficient as a scorer in the paint, but he can play pick and roll or pick and pop perfectly such that Enes Kanter’s total lack of defensive acumen can be exploited no matter whether they set up Jamal Murray off the pick for a mid ranger, or they use Jokic to pop out for a 3 or roll to the basket. This has made it nearly impossible for Portland to play defense on an action that fuels most of Denver’s offense. Also given Jokic’s size and range it has become impossible for the Blazers to go small on offense with Harkless and Aminu guarding Jokic, because they just cant contain him inside the paint.
Portland Trailblazers vs Denver Nuggets Dream11 Prediction
For Portland, Lillard had a great game scoring 39 points, but their defense had no answer to the two man tandem of Murray and Jokic. Paul Milsap finally getting undersized defenders on him also seemed to unlock his offensive arsenal and dominated Aminu, Harkless or whoever else the Blazers put on him. The Blazers are undersized in the PF position and Milsap might be a real problem here for them.
The Blazers also surrendered a lot of open 3s that were not falling in the OKC series because of the poor shooting OKC had off the bench, but Denver’s bench is long and full of terrors from the distance. Players who need to step up for Blazers are CJ McCollum and Enes Kanter. Maybe Zach Collins can find a new gear but he is very young and it will be a huge ask off him, but Portland don’t have many other options here. Myers Leonard has never been a solution and isn’t suddenly going to become one for this team defensively.
On the Denver side, Jokic, Murray and Milsap seem primed to dominate this series. Mason Plumlee also is another benefactor of Blazers lack of size at Center. Plumlee who is an excellent passer (for a big man) himself, is providing much of the same when Jokic goes to the bench and is having to contend with even lesser defense than Jokic is. Gary Harris also had a good game, but his inconsistency through the season make him a tough pick right after a big game.
- Nikola Jokic
- Damian Lillard
- Jamal Murray