Two of the powerful forces in the Western Conference will open their season against each other as Portland Trail Blazers host Denver Nuggets in the first game of the 2019-20 season at Moda Center, in Oakland.
Nuggets had a memorable campaign last year as they registered a 54-28 win-loss record last season in the 2018-19 regular season, finishing 2nd and behind only Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.
Denver swept the regular-season series 31 against Portland Trail Blazers last season but lost the last season’s conference semifinal 3-4 to Blazers. Tim for revenge.
Portland Trail Blazers start the new campaign with an aim to emulate the success of last season. For the first time in three years, the Blazers got past the first round and went afar to the conference finals where they lost 4-0 to the Warriors.
With the core of the team still remaining in Portland, and considering the experience of last season, there is a belief that the team can take that extra step forward this season.
Match Timing: October 24, @ 07:30 AM IST
Venue – Moda Center
DEN vs POR DREAM11 Team News:
Portland Trail Blazers –
Pau Gasol won’t be playing in the Blazers’ opening game of the season after the Spanish legend ruled himself out of the game due to an injury. The two-time NBA champions joined the Blazers in free agency this summer.
Blazers will also miss the services of their big man Jusuf Nurkic in this game as the 26-year-old Bosnian is recovering from a leg injury.
Nassir Little (ankle injury) is listed as day-to-day by Blazers ahead of this game. He missed the majority of the preseason with the same problem.
Portland Trail Blazers squad for the NBA Regular Season 2019-20:
Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Hassan Whiteside, Skal Labissière, Zach Collins, Anfernee Simons, Jusuf Nurkić, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja, Rodney Hood, Jaylen Hoard, Pau Gasol, Moses Brown
Denver Nuggets –
Nuggets rookie star Bol Bol has been ruled out from this game with a foot injury.
Nuggets have also listed Vlatko Cancar as questionable ahead of this game.
Denver Nuggets squad for the NBA Regular Season 2019-20:
Malik Beasley, Jamal Murray, Juan Hernangómez, Paul Millsap, Mason Plumlee, Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr., Jerami Grant, Torrey Craig, Nikola Jokić, Will Barton, Jarred Vanderbilt, Monte Morris, PJ Dozier, Bol Bol, Vlatko Čančar
DEN vs POR Dream11 Playing Team (Probable 5) :
Portland Trail Blazers – Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Hassan Whiteside, Rodney Hood, Zach Collins
Denver Nuggets – Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Will Barton
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We back Denver Nuggets to edge this one out here at Moda Center.