In one of the overlooked matchups by many fans on the NBA's Tuesday night schedule, the Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers live stream and televised game will have playoff implications. Right now, Portland is holding onto the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. Several teams are within striking distance of that spot, including the Denver Nuggets, who are right there below them. A win by the Nuggets gives them back the spot with about nine games left to play. Here's a look at how to watch the Nuggets vs. Blazers live streaming and TV coverage as well as the matchup preview.

Denver vs. Portland preview

Entering tonight's NBA matchup, both teams hold identical records at 35-38. However, a win by either side gives them a small bit of breathing room for the No. 8 spot. Denver had held that spot for some time now in the West, with Portland right there below them trying to fight their way into the NBA playoff picture.

The Trail Blazers host tonight's big game at the Moda Center where leading scorer Damian Lillard tries to keep his team in the playoff picture. Lillard is averaging 26.8 points per game on 44.8 percent field goal shooting while also leading the team in assists at 5.8 per contest. As a team, Portland has been scoring 108 points per game but their opponents are outscoring them by about a point.

However, the Blazers are on a three-game winning streak and looking to extend that in order to hold onto the West's No. 8 spot tonight.

Denver is a team that has been talked about very little when it comes to the postseason, but they're right there in the thick of things. They put up 111.4 points each game and hold opponents to about 111.1, showing that just like Portland, their games have been closely contested.

Coming into tonight's game, they're looking to bounce back from a loss against New Orleans this past Sunday to get back their No. 8 spot in the West.

The Nuggets are led by Danilo Gallinari who is scoring 17.6 points per game this season. Young star Nikola Jokic has been a major help too, as he's second on the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game, and leads all players in rebounds with 9.6 per game.

Wilson Chandler, Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Emmanuel Mudiay are all providing double-digit scoring as well for this balanced team.

Tonight's point spread is even heading into the matchup, as this one is too close to call. To make it tougher to predict, Denver is 17-17 against the spread on the road, while Portland is 17-17 against the spread at home. On the moneyline, either side carries a price of -110 while the over/under points total is at 222 points for the game.

How to watch live

Game time is scheduled for 10 p.m. Eastern Time. Live televised coverage of this game is available to cable and satellite viewers on NBA TV channel. The game is also available in the two teams' regions of the country.

Portland region viewers can watch on Comcast Sportsnet, while Denver area viewers can watch on Altitude Sports and Entertainment.

The NBA game can be viewed live streaming online using the NBA League Pass subscription service. This service can be purchased on a team basis, or rest of the season basis. In addition, individual games can be purchased for a price under $7 to allow for watching a live stream feed of just tonight's Denver vs. Portland game online.