Top takeaways from Blazers-Nuggets Game 7

ESPN Denver Nuggets’ Paul Millsap is crushing post ups

ESPN Denver Nuggets’ Paul Millsap is crushing post ups

The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers will be at full strength for Game 7 after the National Basketball Association did not levy any suspensions or fines from a fourth-quarter skirmish between both teams in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Denver coach Michael Malone said he is hoping both teams will be at full strength, with nothing further coming out of the Game 6 skirmish.

The Nuggets, despite having the youngest roster in the playoffs, have more Game 7 experience than the Blazers.

The Blazers have failed to cover in five straight following a win and are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games. He was secure enough to let McCollum do the heavy lifting, and CJ rewarded the faith with incredible play in high-pressure moments. He effectively sealed the win with a 16-foot jumper to put his team up, 98-95, with 12.4 seconds on the clock. The team rallying for fallen center Jusuf Nurkic, who broke his leg three weeks before the playoffs.

Getty Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers will visit Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets for Game 7.

But while Lillard has taken a lot of the plaudits, CJ McCollum has bene equally impressive this postseason. Out of the stoppage in play, Evan Turner will go to the free throw line with a chance to extend Portland's lead. Portland scrapped back with a 32-point third quarter to pull to within one, setting up a balls-to-the-wall fourth quarter. In the end, McCollum put up 37 points on 17-29 shooting while adding nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

The Nuggets were unable to close out the series in Portland on Thursday night, but they will have an opportunity to do so when they face the Trailblazers in Game 7 on Sunday. But Rodney Hood in their three wins is at 20 points a game, 61 from the field, 54 from 3. Also worth noting, Zach Collins picked up his fifth foul on Craig's bucket.

None bigger than when his crucial chase-down block with 4:44 left and the Trail Blazers leading 87-83. He already has six points in the third quarter and has cut the Nuggets lead to 56-49 with 7:52 left in the frame. Jamal Murray is averaging 21.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game, while Paul Millsap is averaging 15 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Portland missed their first 10 3-point attempts of the game and are still shooting 1-for-14 at the half.