Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailer Blazers travel to Phoenix, Arizona to take on the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. Portland has won back to back games while Phoenix is hoping to snap a 4-game losing streak.
The Trail Blazers beat the Wizards 125-104 on Tuesday, where Portland shot a whopping 51.9 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from deep. Hassan Whiteside recorded a double-double with 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Trailer Blazers to victory.
The Suns on the other hand follow a 114-123 loss to the Raptors, where Phoenix was outrebounded by a score of 35 to 47. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 pm at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.
Trail Blazers (11-22) On The Road
Portland currently sits at 9th in the Western Conference Standings, posing a (28-35) overall record and (15-24) record in conference play. Damian Lillard is having an MVP-type year for the Trail Blazers averaging 29.4 points and 7.9 assists per game.
Lillard is shooting 46.1 percent from the field and a respectable 39.6 percent from behind the arc. Hassan Whiteside is also putting up impressive numbers as well for Portland with a double-double per-game average of 14.2 rebounds and 16.1 points per game.
Through 63 games, Portland averages 113.5 points per game which ranks 8th amongst the National Basketball Association. Defensively the Trail Blazers have proven to struggle as they allow opponents 115.1 points per game which ranks 26th in the NBA.
As an away team, Portland is 14-19 ATS this season. In Western Conference matchups, the total has gone OVER in 24 of 39 games.
Suns Look to Snap 4 Game Losing Streak
Phoenix hasn’t been playing its best basketball lately, losing 4 straight- including a 114-123 loss to the Raptors on Tuesday. The Suns turned the ball over 18 times against the Raptors, and let Toronto get to the line 35 times.
Devon Booker led the way for the Suns with a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists. Ricky Rubio also scored 16 points and dished out 10 rebounds to record a double-double as well. The Suns grabbed just 6 offensive rebounds against the Raptors.
The Suns are the #1 free-throw shooting team in the NBA, sinking 82.2 percent from the line. Phoenix also does an impressive job of moving the ball around, as the Suns have recorded more assists than any other team in the NBA.
Booker averages 25.9 points per game for the Suns. Deandre Ayton averages a double-double for the Suns with 19 points and 12 rebounds per game.
The Suns are 11-21 ATS this season in home games. The OVER has hit in 17 of 32 home matchups for Phoenix.
Betting Lines & Pick
I like the Trail Blazers to win this one, but the OVER 233.5 points is my favorite play here. Head over to Bookmaker to get the line before it starts moving. Look for big games out of Lillard and Booker as I see this being a shootout until the very end. Trail Blazers 123 Suns 119