Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets (18-12, fifth in the Western Conference) (16-14, seventh in the Western Conference)
Denver; 10 p.m. Tuesday, EST
When Denver squares off against Portland, Nikola Jokic and Damian Lillard meet. Jokic is 10th in the NBA with 26.6 points per game on average, and Lillard is fourth in the league with 29.8 points per game on average.
Against the rest of their division, the Nuggets are 5-1. When opponents pick up more rebounds, Denver is 4-10 and averages 43.5 rebounds per game.
Against Western Conference opponents, the Trail Blazers are 9-7. Portland is sixth in the league, averaging 4.2 with 11 offensive rebounds per game, led by Enes Kanter.
For the first time this season, the teams face off on Tuesday.
For the Nuggets, Jokic is averaging 26.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.7 steals. While shooting 45.1 percent over the last 10 games for Denver, Jamal Murray averages 22.6 points and 4.6 rebounds.
While adding 4.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game, Lillard leads the Trail Blazers by averaging 29.8 points. Over the last 10 games for Portland, Gary Trent Jr. has averaged 3.7 3-pointers and scored 18.9 points.
LAST 10 GAMES:
Nuggets: 4-6, 113.3 points on average, 40.4 rebounds, 25.1 assists, 7.7 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 48.7% from the field. Their opponents, on 47.8 percent shooting, averaged 112.1 points.
Trail Blazers: 7-3, 114.6 points on average, 45.7 rebounds, 18.2 assists, 6.4 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.9% from the field. Their opponents, on 47.5 percent shooting, averaged 113.2 points.
Nuggets: Greg Whittington: out (knee), JaMychal Green: out (shoulder), Gary Harris: out (adductor), PJ Dozier: out (hamstring), Paul Millsap: out (adductor) (knee).
Trail Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic: out (wrist), Zach Collins: out (ankle), Harry Giles III: out (calf), CJ McCollum: out (wrist), CJ McCollum: out (left foot).