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Jokic leads Denver into matchup with Portland

January 12, 2022 GMT

Portland Trail Blazers (16-24, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (20-19, sixth in the Western Conference)

Denver; Thursday, 10 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets host the Portland Trail Blazers. Jokic is ninth in the league averaging 25.7 points per game.

The Nuggets are 13-12 in conference matchups. Denver is 5-2 in games decided by 3 points or fewer.

The Trail Blazers are 1-4 against the rest of their division. Portland has a 10-17 record against opponents over .500.

The two teams matchup for the third time this season. The Trail Blazers defeated the Nuggets 119-100 in their last meeting on Nov. 24. CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 32 points, and Jeff Green led the Nuggets with 24 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jokic is averaging 25.7 points, 14.1 rebounds and seven assists for the Nuggets. Will Barton is averaging 13.8 points over the last 10 games for Denver.

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Damian Lillard is shooting 32.4% from beyond the arc with 3.2 made 3-pointers per game for the Trail Blazers, while averaging 24 points and 7.3 assists. Norman Powell is shooting 44.0% and averaging 21.8 points over the past 10 games for Portland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nuggets: 5-5, averaging 102.0 points, 47.0 rebounds, 26.2 assists, 6.5 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.1 points per game.

Trail Blazers: 4-6, averaging 109.3 points, 43.7 rebounds, 21.4 assists, 7.0 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 43.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.8 points.

INJURIES: Nuggets: PJ Dozier: out (acl), Markus Howard: out (knee), Vlatko Cancar: out (foot), Michael Porter Jr.: out for season (back), Jamal Murray: out (knee), Will Barton: out (health protocols).

Trail Blazers: Larry Nance Jr.: day to day (knee), Norman Powell: out (health and safety protocols), CJ McCollum: out (lung), Damian Lillard: day to day (abdominal).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.