Trail Blazers Finish Their 2019 Preseason Thursday In Denver

by Casey Holdahl
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The Portland Trail Blazers (2-2) finish off their five-game preseason schedule Thursday night versus versus the team they started the 2019 preseason off with and the team they'll face in their regular, the Denver Nuggets (2-2). Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

SERIES NOTES

ALL TIME: Trail Blazers lead, 98-82
IN PORTLAND: Trail Blazers lead, 69-22
AT THE NUGGETS: Nuggets lead, 60-29
LAST PORTLAND WIN: 115-108, 4/7/19
LAST NUGGETS WIN: 119-110, 4/5/19 (Denver)
CURRENT WIN STREAK: One (Portland)

GAME NOTES

• Thursday’s game marks the second of two preseason games between the Trail Blazers and the Nuggets. Portland and Denver will play each other four times during the regular season, with the season-opener on Oct. 23 being the first meeting.

LAST MEETING: The Trail Blazers lost to the Nuggets, 105-94, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 8. Mario Hezonja led the Trail Blazers in the defeat with 12 points, six rebounds and two assists. Anferenee Simons, Zach Collins and Skal Labissiere added 10 points each. For the Nuggets, Paul Milsap finished with 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and one block.

• Familiar Foes: Portland played Denver four times during the regular season in 2018-19 and seven times during the 2019 Playoffs. The teams will face off twice during the 2019 preseason and four times during the regular season, including the Oct. 23 season-opener for both teams. By Oct. 24, the teams will have played each other 14 times in the last year.

• Damian Lillard averaged 21.3 points (37.1% FG, 28.6% 3-PT, 95.8% FT), 3.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists in four games (all starts) against the Nuggets during the 2018-19 regular season.

• In three games (all starts) against the Nuggets during the 2018-19 regular season, CJ McCollum averaged 20.0 points (45.3% FG, 26.3% 3-PT, 100% FT), 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

• In three games (all starts) against the Trail Blazers during the 2018-19 regular season, Nikola Jokic averaged 25.7 points (62.0% FG, 38.5% 3-PT, 76.9% FT), 9.7 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.00 steal.

• Paul Millsap averaged 19.3 points (62.9% FG, 60.0% 3-PT, 91.7% FT), 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in three games (all starts) against the Trail Blazers during the 2018-19 regular season.

CONNECTION: Portland center Jusuf Nurkic spent his first two-plus seasons with the Nuggets from 2014-17, averaging 7.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in 139 games.

CONNECTION: Denver guard/forward Will Barton (2012-15) and Nuggets center Mason Plumlee (2015-17) both played multiple seasons for the Trail Blazers.

INJURY NOTES

Damian Lillard (load management), CJ McCollum (load management), Nassir Little (left ankle), Hassan Whiteside (left ankle) and Pau Gasol (left foot) are all out for Thursday's preseason finale. C Jusuf Nurkic (left leg) are out for tonight’s preseason. Justuf Nurkic (left leg) is out until at least the new year.

BROADCAST NOTES

Travis Demers and Michael Holton will have the call on Rip City Radio 620 AM and on all of the stations on the Trail Blazers Radio Network. There is no local television broadcast for Thursday's game.

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