Jokic and the Nuggets face the Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers (6-7, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (8-4, fourth in the Western Conference)
Denver; Sunday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic leads Denver into a matchup with Portland. He’s ninth in the NBA scoring 25.1 points per game.
The Nuggets are 5-3 in conference play. Denver is 3-1 in games decided by 3 points or fewer.
The Trail Blazers are 0-0 against the rest of their division. Portland is 3-1 when it wins the turnover battle and averages 13.3 turnovers per game.
TOP PERFORMERS: Will Barton averages 2.4 made 3-pointers per game for the Nuggets, scoring 16.4 points while shooting 40.3% from beyond the arc. Jokic is averaging 25.1 points, 14.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.5 steals over the last 10 games for Denver.
Damian Lillard is averaging 20 points and 8.1 assists for the Trail Blazers. CJ McCollum is averaging 18.7 points over the last 10 games for Portland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nuggets: 6-4, averaging 101.3 points, 44.7 rebounds, 23.5 assists, 8.1 steals and 5.0 blocks per game while shooting 44.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 98.5 points per game.
Trail Blazers: 5-5, averaging 108.4 points, 47.7 rebounds, 24.1 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 44.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.7 points.
INJURIES: Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar: out (left hip), Michael Porter Jr.: out (back), Jamal Murray: out (knee).
Trail Blazers: None listed.