National Basketball Association playoff wrap 2019: 76ers, Trail Blazers force Game 7s

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Sunday (May 11) brings two huge Game 7s in the NBA Playoffs with the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors.

Up 3-2, Denver defeated the Blazers at home on Tuesday night 124-98, the largest margin of victory by either team in five games. The Bucks are hoping to get to the Finals for the first time since Kareem Abdul-Jabar led them there in 1974. I think Portland is able to keep this game close and possibly steal it outright.

Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. Overall this isn't painting a good picture of the big man.

"I guess", Kerr said.

A constant storyline throughout the postseason has been the Denver Nuggets' lack of playoff experience.

Seth Curry is playing in the playoffs for the first time in his career. The Nuggets got within 113-103 with 1:04 left, but Craig and Jokic fouled out and Portland closed out the win.

So far, the Nuggets have passed with flying colours as they have handled the pressure and expectations at each test.

Sunday is shaping up to be an exciting day in the National Basketball Association world.

It's the third time in that period the two teams have met in the postseason, with the Warriors winning easily in the first two series. Jokic has averaged 27 points and collected 13.4 rebounds while shooting 51.9 percent over the last 10 games for Denver. This team won 73 games without him in 2015-16 and are more than capable of winning one of the next two games, including Game 6.

UP NEXTGame 7 is set for Sunday in Denver. The Trail Blazers have proven they can win on the road - they're 2-2 in these playoffs - and haven't had a dominant game from guard Damian Lillard since he scored 39 in Game 1.

As expected, Lillard has been a clutch player this series. With Eric Bledsoe and George Hill locking down on Kyle Lowry, Middleton matching, or beating, Danny Green on the outside, and Giannis Antetokounmpo bullying Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol, the Bucks will look at Game 4 as a chance to effectively win the series.

"It is unfortunate but we have been here before", said Nuggets coach Mike Malone. They also shoot 38.5 percent from the arc.

"We'll go back home, regroup, like we did for San Antonio, come back with energy and just be ready to play", Murray said.

"They're trying to show bodies and make me play in a crowd", Lillard said after Sunday's game.

Jokic led Denver with 29 points. Golden State is now 65-29 on the season, 34-13 at home, 40-53-1 against the spread and 48-45-1 with the under. "I'm just happy that we can move onto the next round". "It's a dream come true for us, but our families are going to have a lot of fun as well".

Philadelphia had a losing record on the road in the regular season.

The NBA's Conference Finals get underway tonight with the Golden State Warriors hosting the Portland Trail Blazers for Game One in the West and then again tomorrow when the Toronto Raptors visit the Milwaukee Bucks when they start their Eastern Final.

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