Gary Harris (knee) upgraded to questionable for Nuggets on Monday

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The Nuggets initially staggered in Harris' absence, but they have since rallied with a five-game win streak that's kept their playoff hopes alive heading into the final two games of the season. Denver is in control of its playoff destiny.

On that mid-November night in 2014, the Portland Trail Blazers rolled into Denver on the second night of a back-to-back and hung 84 points in the first half.

Denver has made do without Gary Harris, one of its best scorers/playmakers, over the last 11 games. Nuggets center, Nikola Jokic, played his heart out for his team, pulling off his tenth triple-double of the season, with a whopping 20 rebounds in the outing.

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Bucks 102, Magic 86: Shabazz Muhammad scored a season-high 22 points and helped spark a key third-quarter run, Eric Bledsoe had a triple-double and Milwaukee beat Orlando. The Portland Trail Blazers (48-32) have clinched a spot and are clinging to the third seed but have lost three in a row. "And I felt we played like our lives were on the line", Malone said. Nuggets: At Minnesota on Wednesday night in their regular season finale. Nurkic leads in rebounds with 8.8 while Lillard tops in assists with 6.6 per game. Daman Lillard, who led the Trail Blazers with 25 points, missed a 15-footer and Paul Millsap grabbed the rebound. The importance of this game means both teams will lock down on defense as well, so expect it to come well under the 218 mark. After escaping with two overtime victories last week, Denver has racked up three more solid wins.

The Denver Nuggets are playing playoff-caliber basketball. In 65 starts this season for the Nuggets, the 23-year old guard is now averaging 17.7 points on 48.6 percent shooting from the field, 3.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game in roughly 34.8 minutes of action per contest. It might be on the defensive end of the floor where he has the biggest job to do in this game though. He was back in the lineup after missing 11 games with a right knee strain. "What he offers on the court is unique, as far as his rebounding, his screen setting, his finishing around the paint, all those things", Stotts said. Portland outscored the Nuggets 26-14 in the second quarter to take a 49-42 lead into the locker room. "He's working very hard and if that changes, then we'll be ready to adjust". "Our guys believe. We persevered and I couldn't be prouder of our team right now". A loss to Portland would have eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention because the Spurs, Timberwolves, Thunder and Pelicans all won Monday night. Their postseason seed will likely be determined when they host the Jazz on Wednesday night, but they aren't anxious about their current losing streak.

During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 100.6 points per game (5.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 102.6 points per game (0.5 below their season average). "We dug ourselves into this hole; we've got to dig ourselves out".

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