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Portland Trail Blazers Count on Rodney Hood to Replicate His Game 3 Effort

The Portland Trail Blazers host the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday night.

Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 PM ET

Moda Center

Coverage: TNT

Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 34 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Nikola Jokic posted a triple-double of 33 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists in 65 minutes and former Trail Blazer Will Barton had 22 points off the bench but it wasn't enough and the Trail Blazers still won 140-137 in four overtimes.

CJ McCollum had a game-high 41 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, Damian Lillard finished with 28 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals and Enes Kanter had 18 points, 15 rebounds and three steals but Rodney Hood 19 points off the bench were key.

Hood averaged 9.6 points per game in 24.4 minutes over 27 regular season games with the Trail Blazers and 3.2 points per game in the first round against the Thunder but he's increased those numbers to 17.0 points per game in this series with a 71.6 true shooting percentage.

NBA Trends:

The Denver Nuggets are:

6-13 ATS in their last 19 games playing with one day of rest

2-6 ATS in their last eight games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game

1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win

The Portland Trail Blazers are:

4-1 ATS in their last five games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game

20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game

26-10 ATS in their last 36 games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game

15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 games following an ATS loss

Hood has been an X-Factor in this series, in Game 3 he led the bench with 12 points on 3 of 5 shooting in regulation and the seven points he scored in the fourth overtime made a big difference.

Head coach Terry Stotts put him in the game to replace a cramping Maurice Harkless with 1:59 left in the fourth overtime and his two mid-range pull-up jumpers and his go-ahead 3-pointer made a big difference. I'm going back to the well with a Trail Blazers team that has won 12 straight home games dating back to March 9.

NBA Pick: Trail Blazers -3 (-110) at Jazz Sports

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