The Portland Trail Blazers will be on the road Monday taking the court against the Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. The Trail Blazers will be looking for their second win in three games following a 114-99 loss in Denver against the Nuggets. The Suns will be looking to end a two-game skid following a 119-121 loss in overtime against the San Antonio Spurs their last time on the court.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland will come into this one sitting at 10-16 following a 99-114 loss against the Nuggets in Denver. Hassan Whiteside was able to connect on 15 of 31 from the field to lead the Blazers with 33 points. Damian Lillard passed the ball for a team-high 11 assists while Whiteside hauled in 11 rebounds. Portland had four different players finish the game with a double-digit night scoring.
The Trail Blazers have been good for an average of 112.3 points per game on the offensive end of the court while hitting 45.1 percent from the field. They have been able to pass the ball for an average of 20.2 assists per night while grabbing 46.3 rebounds. Defensively, they allow an average of 114.3 points per game to their opponents. Portland has been taking the ball away for 6.0 steals every time they are on the court to go along with 6.2 blocks. They will be looking to avoid back-to-back losses.
Phoenix will take the court sitting at 11-14 following a 119-121 loss in overtime against the San Antonio Spurs. Ricky Rubio was able to knock down 10 of 20 from the field to lead the Suns with 25 points while passing the ball for a team-high 13 assists. Dario Saric was able to lead the way with 17 rebounds. Phoenix had five different players finish the game with at least 13 points.
The Suns have been able to put the ball in the net for an average of 115.5 points per game this season while shooting 45.8 from the field. Phoenix has passed the ball for an average of 28.4 assists per night with 43.1 rebounds. On the defensive end of the floor, Phoenix gives up 114.3 points per night. The Suns average 7.6 steals per game to go along with 4.0 blocks. They will be looking to avoid a third consecutive loss.
As of Sunday night, both the point spread and total were off for this game. I’m liking the Suns to win SU at home in this one. They average three more points per game with both teams giving up 114 points a night to their opponents. Portland is steadily improving and as a huge Blazers fan, I still think they can still make some noise in the West this season. That being said, there are still plenty of struggles, especially playing tougher teams on the road. I’m not sure how many points I would give up, but I like Phoenix SU on Monday.
Portland is 2-5 SU in their previous sevens games.
Portland is 2-4 SU in their previous six games vs. Phoenix.
Portland is 1-6 SU in their previous seven games on the road.