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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/30/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




PORTLAND (33 - 49) at PHOENIX (25 - 57)
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Wednesday, 10/30/2013 10:05 PM
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PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games33-49-9.434-4343-3797.547.744.8%48.6100.751.147.4%49.8
Road Games11-30-5.616-2220-1995.847.144.3%48.0102.551.448.4%49.8
Last 5 Games0-5-31-32-394.049.243.2%43.0105.857.450.4%50.8
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.547.737-8244.8%8-2335.3%16-2077.6%491122197144
vs opponents surrendering98.349.437-8245.2%7-2035.9%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)95.847.136-8244.3%9-2436.5%15-1976.7%481121187144
Stats Against (All Games)100.751.139-8347.4%6-1934.0%16-2176.1%501124198134
vs opponents averaging98.649.637-8245.4%7-2035.7%17-2375.2%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)102.551.441-8448.4%7-1936.9%14-1975.7%501125188125

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games25-57-20.732-4839-4195.249.044.3%49.8101.652.047.0%51.5
Home Games17-24-316-2515-2594.647.743.6%50.797.850.645.9%52.0
Last 5 Games2-3+0.83-22-3102.054.844.6%51.8105.455.846.5%52.8
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)95.249.037-8444.3%6-1833.0%15-2074.4%501223218155
vs opponents surrendering98.349.437-8245.2%7-2035.7%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)94.647.737-8543.6%6-1833.3%15-2073.1%511222209155
Stats Against (All Games)101.652.039-8347.0%7-1838.8%17-2375.7%521223188155
vs opponents averaging98.649.637-8245.4%7-2035.9%17-2375.4%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)97.850.637-8145.9%6-1836.6%17-2374.9%521121199165
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 96.1,  PHOENIX 95.7
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2013@ PHOENIX              
11/1/2013@ DENVER              
11/2/2013SAN ANTONIO              
11/9/2013@ SACRAMENTO              
11/15/2013@ BOSTON              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/3/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/5/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
11/6/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
11/10/2013NEW ORLEANS              
11/13/2013@ PORTLAND              
PORTLAND: GUARDS: DAMIAN LILLARD is for real, an elite shooter and a natural running the pick-and-roll. Though we're a little worried about what will happen if pick-and-pop partner LaMarcus Aldridge is dealt sometime this season . . . WESLEY MATTHEWS will be battling for playing time with Portland loading up on wings . . . C.J. MCCOLLUM can play either guard spot, but primarily he's a scorer and a potentially elite shooter. He is, however, out a few months with a foot fracture. . . MO WILLIAMS will provide the Blazers with a veteran guard presence who is more than capable of lighting it up on any given night. He is, however, a major defensive liability'If he straightens out his jumper, WILL BARTON could end up being a solid second-unit player . . . EARL WATSON gives them a much more reliable back-up point guard than Ronnie Price was . . . Sharpshooter ALLEN CRABBE will likely find himself in the D-League early on. FORWARDS: LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE's name will be in trade rumors all season, but it won't affect his role as this team's No. 1 option . . . NICOLAS BATUM will continue to do a little bit of everything, playing point forward to allow Lillard to play off the ball at times, and serving as a dangerous three-point shooter . . . DORELL WRIGHT can lock opponents down when he wants to. He'll push Wesley Matthews for minutes . . . Portland will be the next team to try to squeeze production out of 2012 No. 5 pick THOMAS ROBINSON. After Sacramento and Houston both gave up on him almost immediately, Robinson in danger of falling off the NBA map . . . VICTOR CLAVER provides some energy as a second-unit bit player . . . JOEL FREELAND has six fouls to give. CENTERS: ROBIN LOPEZ will be a better fit alongside Aldridge than J.J. Hickson was. Lopez isn't skilled, but he can take some defensive responsibilities away from Aldridge . . . MEYERS LEONARD is, as expected, still a work in progress. He's enormous and there's some raw talent, but he too often looks lost.
PHOENIX: GUARDS: ERIC BLEDSOE immediately becomes the Suns' best player. He dominated for stretches while backing up Chris Paul . . . GORAN DRAGIC and Bledsoe will play together since they're the two best players on this team. Dragic also has enough size to match up with most twos . . . After a disappointing stint as a starter, SHANNON BROWN will return to the second unit . . . KENDALL MARSHALL doesn't fit new coach Jeff Hornacek's up-tempo style. The Suns will move him if they can . . . ARCHIE GOODWIN looked lost at times at Kentucky, but his ability to get to the line bodes well for his NBA future . . . GERALD GREEN is the kind of athlete who could make an impact on an up-tempo second unit . . . MALCOLM LEE is here in case Marshall is dealt. FORWARDS: MARKIEFF MORRIS has some upside as a skilled stretch four. He's shown flashes over his first two seasons, and playing in Honracek's up-tempo system should only help him take the next step forward . . . MARCUS MORRIS is still a man without a position, a tweener in a bad way. The Suns will try to make him into an effective second-unit guy . . . CHANNING FRYE missed all of last season with a heart ailment, and the Suns don't seem to be expecting to get anything from him this season.CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT will keep the seat warm for Alex Len. He doesn't fit this up-and-down offense . . . ALEX LEN must become more assertive and the bust factor is high, but 7-footers with his mobility and touch don't come around often . . . MILES PLUMLEE could get minutes as a defensive specialist after making just 5-of-21 FG as a rookie.
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*Trail Blazers-Suns Preview* ============================


Portland (0-0) at Phoenix (0-0), 10:00 p.m. EDT

Thirteen seasons have come and gone without the Portland Trail Blazers winning a playoff series, a drought that isn't lost on general manager Neil Olshey with the franchise coming off another disappointing campaign.

Portland, though, seemingly has the talent to contend in the loaded Western Conference this season unlike the rebuilding Phoenix Suns, who host Wednesday night's season opener.

The Trail Blazers have lost their last six postseason series since coming within one victory of the NBA Finals in 2000, and they missed the playoffs for the second straight year after ending last season on a 13-game losing streak to finish 33-49.

Olshey saw some positives to build on, though. Damian Lillard was named the league's rookie of the year after averaging 19.0 points and leading the league in minutes played, while LaMarcus Aldridge averaged 21.1 points and a career-best 9.1 rebounds.

Lillard averaged 24.3 points and 5.7 assists in helping the Blazers go 2-1 against the Suns last season.

Portland also got solid seasons from Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews, and it acquired center Robin Lopez from New Orleans in the offseason to be the starting center.

"Look, the West is incredibly deep, incredibly talented. A lot of the teams returning to the playoffs probably feel like they have a seed locked up. But we're going to do everything in our power to get back in," Olshey said. "I think we're talented enough, the way our core four players played last year, supported by the new additions, they're going to give us a great chance."

Lopez averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks last season, and Aldridge is looking forward to getting some help down low.

"I just want a big to play with," Aldridge said. "I feel like I can go to the next level playing alongside him because he's going to block shots. If he doesn't block it, I can come block it."

Olshey also made it a point to shore up the Blazers' depth after they received an average of only 18.5 points off the bench, by far the worst in the league. He drafted C.J. McCollum with the 10th overall pick and signed veterans Mo Williams, Earl Watson and Dorell Wright. He also traded for Thomas Robinson, who was the fifth overall selection in the 2012 draft.

Though McCollum will be nursing a foot injury for at least the first few weeks, Williams plans to begin contributing immediately.

"I'm just going to be a problem (for opposing teams)," Williams told the team's official website. "I'm going to be on everybody's scouting report because I feel like that'll take pressure off of (Lillard) and (Aldridge)."

Phoenix, meanwhile, put more pressure on its young group - as well as first-year coach Jeff Hornacek - by trading veteran center Marcin Gortat to Washington on Friday for the injured Emeka Okafor and a protected first-round pick. The Suns also sent 2012 first-round pick Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee in the deal.

It marked the most recent of many moves by new general manager Ryan McDonough, who has made no secret of his plans to reshape a roster that went 25-57 - the franchise's worst record since its inaugural campaign of 1968-69.

McDonough traded Jared Dudley in a three-team trade with the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee that landed young guard Eric Bledsoe on July 3, then dealt Luis Scola to Indiana for Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and a first-round pick later that month. He then bought out the troubled Michael Beasley in September.

Phoenix, which drafted big man Alex Len at No. 5 and has been impressed with rookie guard Archie Goodwin, potentially will have four first-round picks in next year's draft.

"The night is darkest just before the dawn," McDonough said. "And I promise you, the dawn is coming."

That likely won't be this season, but Hornacek is excited to have the services of returning leading scorer Goran Dragic and Channing Frye, who missed all of last season due to a heart condition. At 6-foot-11, Frye can play both inside and outside, as he's a 39.0 percent career 3-point shooter.

Frye didn't expect to play until December, but he's way ahead of schedule and plans to play in the opener.

"He pushed himself," Hornacek said. "I was surprised in training camp. I thought he would get into it slowly and do a couple of things but he kept pushing through stuff, rarely sat out."

Phoenix will be without Markieff Morris on Wednesday as he serves a one-game suspension for elbowing Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka in a preseason game.

Last Updated: 6/19/2018 7:41:41 AM EST

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