After playing each other on the final day of the regular season, the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets drew a matchup against each other once again in the first-round of the Western Conference Playoffs.
In Game 1 played Saturday night, Portland looked just as strong as they did in their season finale against Denver and ultimately were able to hold on and win 123-109 in Denver. This was a big win for the 6-seeded Portland Trail Blazers not only because now they control the series, but because this season has been very shaky for them.
At points in the regular season, Portland looked like a team that did not have a chance to advance past the first-round of the playoffs, but as of late, they have been one of the hottest teams in the league because they are actually getting things done on the defensive-end of the court.
Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. were great scoring-wise for the Nuggets, but the loss of Jamal Murray really showed in Game 1 of this series.
With Game 2 scheduled to be played on Monday night, let’s dive in and take a look at the three biggest takeaways from Game 1 between the Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trail Blazers.