The Portland Trail Blazers know what they have to do.
After playing 71 games over the course of five months, the Trail Blazers arrive at their regular season finale versus the Denver Nuggets still needing a victory in order to secure their eighth-straight postseason berth. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
With a win, Portland ensures finishing no worse than sixth, and there’s still a chance to end as high as fifth. With a loss, they likely fall into seventh, and thus, will have to win a game in the play-in tournament in order to get either the seventh or eighth seed. Results of other games — every team in the NBA is playing on the final day of the season — could potentially change what the Trail Blazers need to do in order to advance, but with those games tipping at or near the same time as Portland’s, the only way to guarantee a spot in the 2021 playoffs is to win.
ALL TIME: Trail Blazers lead, 99-87
PORTLAND HOME: Trail Blazers lead, 69-24
DENVER HOME: Nuggets, 63-29
LAST PORTLAND WIN: 125-115, 8/6/20 (Denver)
LAST DENVER WIN: 106-105, 4/21/21 (Portland)
CURRENT WIN STREAK: Two (Denver)
• The Trail Blazers May 16 game against the Nuggets will be the third and final meeting between the two teams this season. Denver leads the season series, 2-0.
• LAST GAME: Denver narrowly defeated Portland, 106-105, on April 21…