It’s a battle of a pair of struggling teams from the Western Conference up in the Pacific Northwest. The Phoenix Suns are on the road as they travel to face the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night. Phoenix was dropped 122-105 at home by Sacramento in their last game Tuesday night. Portland was dropped 111-102 on the road by the Mavericks Tuesday night in their last contest. The Suns own a 120-103 edge in the all-time regular-season series but the Trail Blazers have won the last seven meetings, including all four last season. In the most recent matchup, Portland took a 106-104 win on the road on February 24.
Phoenix Suns Continue to Struggle
Phoenix dropped their sixth straight game as the Kings ran past them Tuesday night. The Suns now drag their 1-11 road record with them to the Pacific Northwest looking to try and get back in the win column. Phoenix was dusted early in the game as they were outscored 36-9 in the opening quarter: that set the tone. The Suns saw the deficit go to 27 at the half and 31 after three quarters before closing the gap in garbage time. Phoenix shot 43.7 percent from the field and went 12 for 43 from three-point range while turning the ball over 21 times. De’Anthony Melton led the Suns with 21 points plus five assists in the loss. Phoenix is 3-9 ATS on the road this season while the over is 6-6 in those games.
The Suns are 28th in the league in scoring with an average of 103 points per game. The Suns are 29th on the glass by collecting 39.9 boards per game. Phoenix stands 18th in the league in assists with 23.5 per contest. Phoenix is 25th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 114 points a night. Devin Booker leads the team with 23.5 points and 6.7 assists per game. Rookie Deandre Ayton is contributing 16 points plus 10.2 rebounds a night while TJ Warren chips in 17.7 points per game. Trevor Ariza (10 points, 5.5 boards), Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges, Isaiah Canaan, Jamal Crawford and Elie Okobo are important pieces of the rotation for the Suns if they hope to have success. The Suns are 18th in the league in field goal percentage at 45.6 percent so far. The Suns are tied for 20th in three pointers per game with 10.3 per contest. Phoenix is 26th in three-point percentage as they splash 33.5 percent of their chances from long range. Warren (ankle) missed the last three games and Booker missed the Sacramento game with a hamstring issue. Warren is questionable while Booker is out here: that would take their top two scoring options out of the picture if they couldn’t go.
Portland Trail Blazers Trying to Reverse Struggles
Portland suffered their third straight loss as they were knocked off by the Mavericks at home Tuesday night. That marked the Trail Blazers’ eighth loss in their last 11 games after a 10-3 start to the season. Portland trailed by 14 after the opening quarter and by 15 at the half: they couldn’t make a serious run in the second half. The Trail Blazers drew no closer than seven in the second half and that came in the closing minutes. Portland shot 45.2 percent from the field and went seven of 24 from beyond the arc while turning the ball over 18 times in the game. Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the loss. Portland is 7-5 ATS at home this season while the over is 6-6 in those games.
The Trail Blazers come into this one 10th in the league in scoring with 112.5 points per game. The Trail Blazers are 2nd in the league in rebounding as they collect 49.1 boards a night. Portland is 28th in the league in assists with 20.7 per contest. The Trail Blazers are below average defensively as they come in 20th in the league by allowing 111.7 points a night. Damian Lillard is leading the team in scoring for the Blazers as he puts up 27.3 points per game while dishing out 6.3 assists per contest. CJ McCollum (21.3 points) and Maurice Harkless are both veteran options for the Blazers. Al-Farouq Aminu (9.2 points, 8.2 rebounds), Jusuf Nurkic (15 points, 10.4 rebounds), Meyers Leonard, Nik Stauskas and Evan Turner (8.4 points, 5.1 rebounds) all contribute solidly on the offensive end for Portland’s attack. Zach Collins, Seth Curry, Jake Layman and Caleb Swanigan have to take a step forward this season. Portland is tied for 16thin the league in field goal percentage by shooting 45.7 percent from the floor. The Trail Blazers are knocking down 11.3 three-pointers a night, which is tied for 9th in the league, while ranking 12th in the league by shooting 35.6 percent from downtown. Swanigan (personal) is questionable here after missing two straight games. McCollum is questionable with an ankle sprain, which would hurt their perimeter shooting.
- Trail Blazers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games
- Trail Blazers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- Suns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference foes
- Suns are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Suns are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of res