The 2019-20 season gets underway for the Portland Trail Blazers as they entertain fellow Western Conference rivals Denver Nuggets in the season-opener at Moda Center.
Expectations will be sky-high from Blazers ahead of the new campaign after the team finally overcame the first-round hurdle last season, and made all the way to the conference finals where they were beaten by Golden State Warriors. That run was the best in the franchise history since the 1999-2000 season.
With the franchise managing to keep hold onto the core of the team, while adding a couple of star players such as Kent Bazemore and Hassan Whiteside in the offseason to boost the roster.
What competition it is? NBA Regular-season 2019-20
The match will be played between Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets at Moda Center, in Portland, Oregon, United States. The arena has a capacity of 19,980.
Match Day: October 24, 2019, @ 07:30 AM IST
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What to expect from Portland Trail Blazers?
Barring any injuries, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will once again lead the charge for the team this season. if the duo remains fit and healthy, there's no reason why the team can't touch go beyond 50 wins in the regular season.
Portland will battle for a top-four finish again this season.
Denver Nuggets will target to emulate the success of last season as they recorded 54-28 record in the regular season which landed them the 2nd spot in the Western Conference.
Nuggets boast one of the best big-man on their roster in Nikola Jokic. If the Serbian remains as lethal as he was last season, with most NBA pundits expecting him to be even better this season, and the superstar supporting cast led by Jamal Murray matching the success of last season, the sky is the limit for Denver Nuggets this season.
DEN vs POR Dream11 team News:
Portland Trail Blazers:
Pau Gasol has ruled himself out of Blazers' season opener against Denver Nuggets. The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar has been battling with a foot injury and missed the entire preseason.
Big man Jusuf Nurkic is out as well as the 26-year-old Bosnian is recovering from a leg injury.
Nassir Little (ankle injury) is listed as day-to-day by Blazers ahead of this game. He missed the majority of the preseason with the same problem.
Summer signing Bol Bol is out with a foot injury, while Vlatko Cancar is listed as questionable ahead of this game. No other injury concerns for the hosts.
Squad for the NBA Pre-season 2019:
Portland Trail Blazers squad:
Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Hassan Whiteside, Skal Labissière, Zach Collins, Anfernee Simons, Jusuf Nurkić, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja, Rodney Hood, Jaylen Hoard, Pau Gasol, Moses Brown
Denver Nuggets Squad:
Malik Beasley, Jamal Murray, Juan Hernangómez, Paul Millsap, Mason Plumlee, Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr., Jerami Grant, Torrey Craig, Nikola Jokić, Will Barton, Jarred Vanderbilt, Monte Morris, PJ Dozier, Bol Bol, Vlatko Čančar
Players to watch out for: (Captain options):
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DEN vs POR Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
Likely to feature from the bench:
DEN vs POR Dream11 Teams:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION
Portland Trail Blazers will start the game as favourites.