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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 11/21/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore
PORTLAND
 
PHOENIX
+2.5  

-2.5  
+120

-140

201
 
87
Final
114

PORTLAND (5 - 5) at PHOENIX (4 - 7)
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Wednesday, 11/21/2012 9:05 PM
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523PORTLAND201.5201
524PHOENIX-3-2
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games5-5+0.44-55-5100.448.244.1%48.9101.851.049.1%49.4
Road Games2-2+0.82-21-395.245.040.9%55.297.748.248.0%49.2
Last 5 Games3-2+0.72-23-2104.049.446.5%48.2100.848.448.6%45.2
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)100.448.237-8444.1%9-2338.5%17-2375.9%491219209154
vs opponents surrendering96.448.236-8343.7%7-2034.0%17-2375.4%511221208155
Team Stats (Road Games)95.245.035-8740.9%9-2538.4%15-1977.6%551419187144
Stats Against (All Games)101.851.039-7949.1%6-1733.9%18-2476.8%49921219164
vs opponents averaging9849.936-8145.1%7-2034.7%18-2476.0%511122208155
Stats Against (Road Games)97.748.239-8248.0%5-1631.8%14-2068.3%49921188136

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games4-7-2.72-97-498.351.943.1%52.9104.353.747.8%53.1
Home Games3-3+0.51-53-398.050.343.1%54.098.353.747.1%50.7
Last 5 Games1-4-2.31-43-297.451.442.9%49.2103.455.650.5%54.2
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)98.351.938-8943.1%6-1832.0%16-2173.2%531421219136
vs opponents surrendering98.149.737-8344.4%7-2135.2%17-2374.9%511122218146
Team Stats (Home Games)98.050.338-8843.1%5-1730.0%17-2178.1%541419219136
Stats Against (All Games)104.353.740-8447.8%8-1743.2%17-2374.2%531124206156
vs opponents averaging97.448.837-8244.8%6-1835.1%17-2473.3%531222207155
Stats Against (Home Games)98.353.738-8147.1%6-1639.8%15-2269.5%511122217165
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 98.6,  PHOENIX 95.1
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/31/2012LA LAKERS116-106W2W192O42-8350.6%361236-7250.0%5224
11/2/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY92-106L8.5L205U32-8936.0%561139-7651.3%5212
11/3/2012@ HOUSTON95-85W5.5W206.5U39-9341.9%621634-9635.4%6518
11/5/2012@ DALLAS91-114L4L198.5O36-9338.7%531348-7861.5%439
11/8/2012LA CLIPPERS90-103L0L202U32-7542.7%411341-7753.2%5613
11/10/2012SAN ANTONIO109-112L2.5L197O42-8947.2%441540-7057.1%4321
11/12/2012ATLANTA87-95L-2.5L193.5U30-8336.1%572035-7944.3%4916
11/13/2012@ SACRAMENTO103-86W2W197U35-7248.6%501536-7746.8%3713
11/16/2012HOUSTON119-117W-2T198O44-8651.2%481541-8846.6%5418
11/18/2012CHICAGO102-94W-2W191O39-7949.4%421637-7549.3%4319
11/21/2012@ PHOENIX              
11/23/2012MINNESOTA              
11/25/2012@ BROOKLYN              
11/26/2012@ DETROIT              
11/28/2012@ WASHINGTON              
11/30/2012@ BOSTON              
12/1/2012@ CLEVELAND              
12/3/2012@ CHARLOTTE              
12/5/2012@ INDIANA              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/31/2012GOLDEN STATE85-87L-2L202U32-8040.0%551833-8638.4%5818
11/2/2012DETROIT92-89W-4.5L195U40-9243.5%671237-9041.1%509
11/4/2012@ ORLANDO94-115L0L193.5O39-9142.9%551645-9248.9%5410
11/5/2012@ MIAMI99-124L13L203O35-8839.8%491147-8654.7%5415
11/7/2012@ CHARLOTTE117-110W-2.5W194O43-9346.2%611238-8743.7%5012
11/9/2012CLEVELAND107-105W-3L200.5O38-8146.9%491737-7748.1%4720
11/10/2012@ UTAH81-94L8.5L202.5U32-8736.8%421038-7848.7%6518
11/12/2012DENVER110-100W4.5W203O43-9445.7%50641-7653.9%4715
11/14/2012CHICAGO106-112L3L191.5O42-10540.0%581244-8850.0%5715
11/16/2012@ LA LAKERS102-114L9L201.5O45-9248.9%511542-8947.2%5711
11/17/2012MIAMI88-97L6.5L202U34-7943.0%451638-7153.5%4519
11/21/2012PORTLAND              
11/23/2012NEW ORLEANS              
11/25/2012@ PHILADELPHIA              
11/27/2012@ CLEVELAND              
11/28/2012@ DETROIT              
11/30/2012@ TORONTO              
12/2/2012@ NEW YORK              
12/4/2012@ MEMPHIS              
12/6/2012DALLAS              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
PORTLAND: GUARDS: Portland will turn point guard duties over to rookie DAMIAN LILLARD. The leap from Big Sky Conference to NBA will be a big one, but Lillard is an efficient scorer who can manage the offense . . . WESLEY MATTHEWS is more of a glue guy. He can't create his own offense, but he can heat up as a streaky catch-and-shoot guy . . . RONNIE PRICE should emerge as Lillard's top backup, a role he's filled at numerous stops . . . Second-rounder WILL BARTON could emerge as a rotation player. He's a versatile wing who must prove he can play off the ball . . . SASHA PAVLOVIC will play both the two and three, and can still stroke it from long distance . . . NOLAN SMITH, a misstep of the last regime, is a fringe roster player . . . ELLIOT WILLIAMS, a defensive-minded combo guard, tore his Achilles in mid-September and expects to miss the entire season. FORWARDS: LaMARCUS ALDRIDGE had a couple of health scares over the past six months, but he should enter the season 100 percent. He's clearly Portland's best player . . . NICOLAS BATUM felt rightly disrespected by his secondary role in Portland. All signs point to a bigger role in 2012-13 . . . VICTOR CLAVER is an athletic scrapper who won't do much offensively even if he does get big minutes . . . JOEL FREELAND could become their first big man off the bench . . . JARED JEFFRIES is still relevant as a defensive specialist . . . The highlight of LUKE BABBITT's career might be that mention on Onion:Sportsdome. CENTERS: J.J. HICKSON is a black hole on offense and a liability on defense, but he can score and rebound, which is good enough to be the starting center in Portland's weak frontcourt . . . MEYERS LEONARD might not be quite ready for 30-plus minutes, but he'll have to learn on the fly due to Portland's lack of veteran bigs. He has some long-term upside as a 7-footer with some nice athleticism and touch inside 10 feet.
PHOENIX: GUARDS: With Steve Nash gone, GORAN DRAGIC takes over at the point. He was a monster as a starter in Houston late last year, and he's familiar with Phoenix's system from his time there as Nash's backup . . . SHANNON BROWN is one of the league's better sixth men and could end up seeing close to starter minutes this year. Once just a raw athlete, he's made major strides as a shooter and ball-handler . . . KENDALL MARSHALL was a bit of a product of an absurdly talented supporting cast in college at UNC. He's got work to do to become an NBA-caliber starter, but he'll be capable enough as a backup point guard as a rookie . . . SEBASTIAN TELFAIR still can't hit an open jump shot, but will factor into the backcourt rotation. FORWARDS: LUIS SCOLA steps in as the starting four. While he's in his 30's and an underwhelming athlete, he's crafty and relentless . . . JARED DUDLEY will continue to be their main catch-and-shoot threat on the wing. It might take a while to develop an on-court chemistry with Dragic . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY has a chance to grab a starting spot. He rarely has his head on straight, but he can score . . . CHANNING FRYE, the sharp-shooting 7-footer, will likely miss the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart, but this condition is expected to completely heal . . . WESLEY JOHNSON gets a fresh start. He needs to start knocking down shots to land a rotation spot . . . MARKIEFF MORRIS showed flashes as a rookie, but has to make better decisions on the offensive end. He'll be a key on the second unit . . . Well-traveled P.J. TUCKER earned himself a roster spot with an impressive Summer League. CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT had a great year-and-a-half alongside Steve Nash, and he'll have to prove he can create in the low post a little more. But he's a skilled big man who should pair nicely with Luis Scola as a scorer and passer in the post . . . Injury-riddled JERMAINE O'NEAL is still a strong low-post defender and shot-blocker.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (PORTLAND-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Trail Blazers-Suns Preview* ============================

By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor

Portland (5-5) at Phoenix (4-7), 9:00 p.m. EDT

Three straight wins have the Portland Trail Blazers feeling they're headed in the right direction.

Three consecutive losses have the Phoenix Suns about to change theirs.

Portland looks to continue its rejuvenation on offense against arguably the league's worst defensive team Wednesday night with a visit to Phoenix, which could test a new-look lineup.

A victory would give the Blazers (5-5) their longest winning streak and first set of back-to-back road wins since March 2011. They had dropped four in a row before this three-game run.

"We won the last three games and we needed to," said Damian Lillard, who leads all rookies with 19.0 points and 6.1 assists per game. He's the first player to post averages that high through his first 10 games since Isiah Thomas in 1981.

"We dropped three at home and it was important for us to try to get back to .500 with three winnable games. Now we have to try to go get another one on the road."

That appears very possible considering how the Suns (4-7) have played. They would match their longest home losing streak of the past eight years with a third straight defeat in Phoenix on Wednesday. No team is giving up more points per game (104.3) or a worse 3-point percentage (43.2).

Portland has been among the NBA's top 3-point shooting teams (38.5 percent), including Nicolas Batum hitting 20 of 41 over the past five games while averaging 25.0 points.

The Blazers have scored more than 100 points in every game during the win streak while hitting 49.8 percent from the field. They shot 40.4 percent in their previous six games and surpassed 95 points only once.

"It feels good, getting our juices going, our confidence going," Wesley Matthews said after scoring 21 in a 102-94 win over Chicago on Sunday. "We're finally playing like a team that knows how to win."

The Suns certainly aren't, failing to lead after the first quarter or at halftime in any of their last six games. They didn't score for the first 4:13 on Saturday in a 97-88 home loss to Miami.

"We can't keep playing like this," coach Alvin Gentry said. "We have to do something where we can make an adjustment and we'll see what can happen from here."

One adjustment could be changing the starting lineup, something Gentry suggested Saturday with his team having three days off between games. He wasn't specific, but it seems there are many possibilities.

While center Marcin Gortat has totaled 10 points over the last two games, veteran reserve Jermaine O'Neal has 22 points and 11 rebounds in that span after sitting out six games (family matter).

Luis Scola averaged 18.8 points and 10.0 rebounds in his previous four games before playing less than 15 minutes Saturday and scoring three points. Backup Markieff Morris had a season-high 16.

While Jared Dudley has averaged 6.7 points during the losing streak, sixth man Shannon Brown is the team's third-leading scorer (13.4) despite averaging 22.3 minutes.

Michael Beasley is the only starter shooting below 40 percent from the field (36.2).

"No matter if you start, no matter if you come off the bench, you have to play with energy," Beasley said. "... We have to play like we want to win. We can't decide we want to win halfway through the second quarter, we're not that good yet. So if (Gentry) changes the starting lineup, that's his decision."

The Blazers have lost three straight in Phoenix, including two last season by a combined 43 points.


Last Updated: 12/21/2014 2:54:33 AM EST


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