NBA Preview – Game 6: Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trailblazers


Oct 21, 2014; Boulder, CO, USA; Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson (5) during the first half at the Coors Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets (1-4) shooting woes have attributed to their lackluster start this far – shot selection included. Denver is losers of four-straight after falling to the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night on ESPN, 110-101. Tonight, Denver will take on a Northwest Division rival in the Portland Trailblazers on the road.

What: NBA Preview – Game 6: Denver Nuggets (1-4) vs. Portland Trailblazers (3-3)
When: Sunday, November 9th
Where: Moda Center (Portland, Oregon)
Time: 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST
TV: Altitude Sports

In order for the Denver Nuggets to be successful tonight, they will need to start out the first quarter the way they’ve finished games of late. Denver is getting outscored in the first quarter, 147-101 through five games. Denver must get out to a fast-start tonight against a very good Portland Trailblazers squad.

Denver might be without Ty Lawson, who has been dealing with a sore ankle this past week. Lawson missed Friday night’s game against Cleveland and is questionable for tonight’s contest. Also, J.J. Hickson is eligible to return to tonight’s game after serving his five-game suspension for violating the teams of the anti-drug program.

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Portland like most teams, is tough at home. The Trailblazers sport a 3-1 record so far this season at the Moda Center while Denver is 0-2 away from the Pepsi Center. Portland is coming off a close loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-102, where Damian Lillard nearly recorded a triple-double. Lillard posted 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting, collecting 8 assists and 7 rebounds.

Nate Robinson has been dealing with a sore hamstring he suffered in Wednesday night’s action against the Kings. Robinson told reporters he plans on playing in tonight’s game.

Projected Starting Lineups:

Denver Nuggets (1-4)

PG: Ty Lawson
SG: Arron Afflalo
SF: Wilson Chandler
PF: Kenneth Faried
C: Timofey Mozgov

Portland Trailblazers (3-3):

PG: Damian Lillard
SG: Wesley Matthews
SF: Nicolas Batum
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
C: Robin Lopez

Tip-off between the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trailblazers is scheduled to tip-off at 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST from the Moda Center.