This is an exhibition game for both the teams with Denver Nuggets, in particular, playing three of the four scheduled games on the road.
Portland are scheduled to play five practice games leading up to the 2019-20 season with three of those matches unravelling in front of Portland faithful.
What competition it is? NBA Pre-season 2019
The match will be played between Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Portland, Oregon, United States of America. The ground has a capacity of 12,888.
Match Day: October 09, 2019, @ 08:00 AM IST
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How the teams fared last season:
Portland Trail Blazers
The 2018-19 campaign was an immensely successful season for Portland, for the team finally passed the first season hurdle.
If you follow the NBA, you must be aware of Portland's failure in the playoffs. the team has always done more than decent in the regular season but for no unknown reason, for all the quality the team boasts on its roster, the playoffs just always proved to be a hurdle too big to cross over.
But it changed last season as the Blazers went all the way to the Western Conference finals, beating the pre-tournament favorites Oklahoma City Thunder, and Denver Nuggets on the way.
While their journey ended on the shores too familiar for the Western Conference teams, i.ee against the Golden State Warriors.
Denver Nuggets were the most improved team last season as they went from the fringes of playoffs to a team capable of winning the NBA title. They finished 2nd in the Western Conference, with a record of 54-28.
DEN vs POR Dream11 Team News:
Portland Trail Blazers:
Will not play:
Jusuf Nurkic (left leg rehabilitation) and Pau Gasol (left foot) are recovering from their respective injuries and won't be playing in this game.
What Terry Scotts said ahead of this game?
Blazers' head coach reiterated once again that he plans to cap limited minutes to his stars in the pre-season, or at least in the first few games. So expect the bench players to get a run-in here.
Trades and new deals, and the list of players who left:
Portland signed Kent Bazemore and Hassan Whiteside in the off-season, while Evan Turner, Meyers Leonard, and Moe Harkless all left the franchise as part of those deals.
While the Blazers exercise their club options to re-sign Rodney Hood.
Jaylen Hoard, Mario Hezonja, Anthony Tolliver and Pau Gasol all joined Portland in the off-season.
Seth Curry, Jake Layman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Enes Kanter parted way with the franchise.
Hassan Whiteside (left ankle sprain) and Zach Collins (middle finger) returned to practice only a few days ago and remain doubtful for this game.
Serbian superstar Center Nikola Jokic will be missing the game for the rest purposes, while Bol Bol missing due to a foot injury.
Additions and subtractions from the roster:
Additions: Jerami Grant arrived from OklahomaCity Thunder, while Bol Bol was signed through draft picks.
Substractions: Isaiah Thomas, Trey Lyles, Tyler Lydon, Thomas Welsh, and Brandon Goodwin all left the franchise in the off-season.
Squad for the pre-season:
Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., CJ McCollum, Moses Brown, Rodney Hood, Jaylen Hoard, London Perrantes, Nassir Little, Troy Caupain, Pau Gasol, Skal Labissiere, Hassan Whiteside, Kent Bazemore, Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja
Denver Nuggets: Will Barton, Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap, Monte Morris, Jamal Murray, Mason Plumlee, Bol Bol, Vlatko Cancar, Tyler Cook, Jerami Grant, Torrey Craig, PJ Dozier, Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr., Jarred Vanderbilt, Tyler Zeller
Players to watch out for: (Captain options):
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DAL vs OKC Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Rodney Hood, Zach Collins, Hassan Whiteside
Denver Nuggets: Mason Plumlee, Will Barton, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Paul Millsap
DEN vs POR Dream11 teams:
India Fantasy Prediction:
Both the teams have enough arsenal within their roster to win this match, but all will depend on the minutes, the stars manage to clock in this game.
At this stage, Portland seems to be in a much better state and we back them to win this match.