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Backcourts, frontcourts, trends, and momentum. Dan Marang and Matt Moore talk Portland-Denver!

DENVER NUGGETS VS PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS, NBA PLAYOFFS Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

On this edition of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, host Danny Marang is joined by Matt Moore AKA HPBasketball on Twitter of the Actions Sports Network to preview Blazers-Nuggets in their First Round match up. Together, they look at why Matt is picking the Blazers (spoiler), Damian Lillard’s changing play style, the Blazers backcourt vs the Nuggets frontcourt, x-factors or lack of them, the opportunity Jusuf Nurkic has in front of him. Plus they ask the eternal question: does it really matter how you’re playing coming into the playoffs? Listen or miss the best pre-series talk imaginable!

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Intro

Opening comments

Matt Moore picking Portland 2:00

Countering the trap

Nuggets missing guys who can score off the bounce 4:00

Blazers playing small vs Nuggets playing bigger? 6:30

Aaron Gordon as a pressure point 8:30

How to play Jokic defensively 9:45

Who’s the x-factor? 15:00

Blazers bench vs Nuggets 17:30

What does Nurkic do with this opportunity? 20:30

Being physical with the Nuggets 22:30

Jokic and Lillard not getting calls 23:20

Denver as a defensive team 24:30

Foul trouble for either team as an issue 26:00

The idea of getting hot at the right time 27:00

Who are the Portland Trail Blazers 28:00

Can Stotts win a coaching match up? 29:00

Blazers as betting favorites? 30:30

Will these teams call it a rivalry? 31:30

Over/under on kerfuffles! 32:30

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