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During the Portland Trail Blazers' Game 7 win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, LeBron James made two things clear: He loves CJ McCollum - and isn't quite as enamored of basketball analytics. The under is 14-5 in Nuggets last 19 home games. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

Eventually, though, the Nugs bested the Spurs, and since Nikola Jokic and company played the Trail Blazers well during the regular campaign (they won the season series 3-1), there was plenty of reason for optimism - especially after Denver took game five in a blowout. Since 2005, when teams that failed to make the playoffs the year before face a team that did make the playoffs, in a Game 7, the team with the playoff experience is 16-3 ATS (84.2%), covering by 6.8 points per game.

"The guy I'm anxious about is Rodney Hood".

A Damian Lillard 3-pointer gives the Trail Blazers their biggest lead of the game at 81-76 with 8:51 remaining. The loss snapped a three-game cover streak for the Nuggets. After all, Denver had the best home record in the league. The sentiment hasn't changed heading into Sunday's Game 7 in Denver.

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Despite suffering just one defeat all season, Liverpool's 29-year wait for a league title goes on. Everything else is forgotten about. "You've got to look at the things they can control", he said.

"They had their chances and they just used it smarter". Jamal Murray shot 4-for-18 and finished with 17 points. If those two are clicking the way I think they will in a game this big, I'm not sure the Nuggets will be able to counter.

"The King" agreed, giving McCollum a shoutout after the game on Twitter and declaring that his favorite play was the chasedown block. Lillard just doesn't have the support Jokic does.

James, who has had plenty of time to watch postseason hoops after his own team failed to make the playoffs, was lavishing praise on McCollum, who led all scorers with 37 points in the 100-96 Portland win.

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