Having wrapped up their series with the Boston Celtics and securing a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday, Mike Budenholzer's team are now enjoying the chance to rest ahead of their next challenge. If they miss, particularly early on, it could lead to.... "They're special. They are a life lesson, a life opportunity".
Lillard had been fairly quiet for the previous two games in the semifinal series, both Portland losses. Blowouts are rare, with only 14 Game 7s getting decided by more than 20 points.
Cousins suffered the injury during Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. He says it's imperative to bring more energy Sunday - and adds there's no reason to get nervous. "This is when I play my best basketball", McCollum said. "This game it's just working as hard as you can, leave it all out there". "It can't be just all the time, you have to find ways to have balance in your life". But Game 6 was an entirely different scenario as Hood and Collins conspired to outduel their counterparts, doing an fantastic job on both offense and defense. The home team is historically the more reliable bet in Game 7, making the Raptors the safest pick to win the series.
BIG MAN CLUB Jusuf Nurkic, the Blazers' big man who broke his leg late in the season, watched from Portland's bench in the second half. The 76ers have had absolutely no answer for him on the offensive end, as he's shooting a ridiculous 59.0% from the field, 40.6% from 3-point range and 83.7% from the free throw line. It's been a long series that included a 4-OT game, after all.
Leonard finished with a game high 41 points while Pascal Siakam tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors whose players had a combined 21 games of experience in game sevens compared to just nine combined games by the Sixers players. A post-up turnaround from Jokic made it a seven-point lead as Portland was forced to call a timeout.More news: Myanmar passenger jet makes emergency landing without landing gear
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During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 113.2 points per game (1.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 115.0 points per game (4.5 above their season average). As to whether Kyle Lowry can be relied upon for a huge game or not, remains in the air.
When holding opponents under 100 points, Portland is 18-2 and Denver is 28-3.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets know exactly what Game 7 feels like and are confident that their experience and homecourt advantage will serve them well once again.
Western Conference: No. 2 Denver Nuggets vs. If the Raptors can do that from three, they will win.
The Portland Trail Blazers also forced a Game 7 with a 119-108 win over the Denver Nuggets.
The second-round series between the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers all comes down to Sunday night.
KEEP AN EYE ON: The first few minutes.
Philadelphia earned the right to play the Game 7 as it got great production from its starting lineup.