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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/18/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore
PORTLAND
 
PHOENIX
-2.5  

+2.5  
-140

+120

220
 
124
Final
76

PORTLAND (0 - 0) at PHOENIX (0 - 0)
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721PORTLAND-1-1.5
722PHOENIX220218.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Road Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents surrendering000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Team Stats (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents averaging000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (Road Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Home Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
Last 5 Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents surrendering000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Team Stats (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (All Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
vs opponents averaging000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Stats Against (Home Games)000-00.0%0-00.0%0-00.0%0000000
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 0,  PHOENIX 0
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/18/2017@ PHOENIX              
10/20/2017@ INDIANA              
10/21/2017@ MILWAUKEE              
10/24/2017NEW ORLEANS              
10/26/2017LA CLIPPERS              
10/28/2017PHOENIX              
10/30/2017TORONTO              
11/1/2017@ UTAH              
11/2/2017LA LAKERS              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/18/2017PORTLAND              
10/20/2017LA LAKERS              
10/21/2017@ LA CLIPPERS              
10/23/2017SACRAMENTO              
10/25/2017UTAH              
10/28/2017@ PORTLAND              
10/31/2017@ BROOKLYN              
11/1/2017@ WASHINGTON              
11/3/2017@ NEW YORK              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
PORTLAND: The Blazers made few changes in the offseason, sticking with a nucleus of backcourt duo Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, along with Jusuf Nurkic, who joined the team via trade last season and helped fuel a push to the playoffs. The 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast dropped lost about 35 pounds over the offseason in an effort to become quicker and more agile. A fan favorite, Nurkic suggested going into this season that the Blazers should become the NBA's Bad Boys, drawing inspiration from the Detroit Pistons of the 1980's and early '90s. A key for Nurkic'and the Blazers'is whether he can stay healthy. Another key will be who steps up to provide support for that trio. One candidate is rookie Caleb Swanigan, who was impressive in the preseason with Noah Vonleh recovering from a shoulder injury.
PHOENIX: The Suns are resisting any urge to add high-salary veterans, if they could, for a quick fix to maybe contend for the last one or two playoff spots in the tough Western Conference. Instead, they are sticking with the young core they hope will develop into a contender, although it might take a few years. Devin Booker, already a prolific scorer, will look to expand his game and continue his development as one of the NBA's top players. Josh Jackson was the fourth overall pick in the draft out of Kansas and has made an immediate impression in the preseason with his scoring, defense and rebounding. His tough persona fills a Suns need, too. Just 20 years old, he fits right in with the Suns long-term plans build from within and eventually climb back into contention. But wins could be few and far between in this, the franchise's 50th year.
PREVIEW
Suns set sights on Trail Blazers in opener
 

PHOENIX -- The Portland Trail Blazers were an energized team after adding center Jusuf Nurkic for the stretch drive last season, rolling to their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.

The Phoenix Suns enter the 2017-18 season hoping that another year of experience for their young cast can lead to at least postseason contention.

The Western Conference teams open their regular season Wednesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena with the first of four games in the season series.

Portland was 41-41 last season, winning 17 of its last 23 games to finish one game ahead of Denver for the final playoff spot in the West before being swept by the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the first round.

The Blazers did not make any major offseason changes, preferring growth through continuity.

The Trail Blazers have one of the best guard combinations in the league in point guard Damian Lillard and off guard CJ McCollum. Lillard led the Blazers with a scoring average of 27 points a game last season, and McCollum added 23.

Nurkic, 7-foot and 275 pounds after losing 30 pounds over the winter, averaged 15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds in 22 games after being acquired in a trade from the Denver Nuggets in mid-February. The Blazers were 14-5 when he started.

Defense was the Blazers' emphasis during the preseason.

"It's no secret," Portland coach Terry Stotts told the Oregonian. "We have to be better defensively. That's been our Achilles' heel. Two or three years ago, when we were a top-10 defensive team, we were an elite team. That's still important."

The Blazers won three of four from Phoenix last year.

The Suns franchise may be 50 years old this season, but the club's youth movement continues.

The Suns, 24-58 a year ago, integrated two first-year players, forward Marquese Chriss and backup point guard Tyler Ulis, into a group that already included 20-year-old off guard Devin Booker, who led the team with a 22.1 scoring average and had a signature 70-point game at Boston on March 24.

This summer they continued to rely on the draft for their major moves, adding small forward Josh Jackson (the fourth pick overall) to join Booker (2015 first-round pick, 13th overall) and 2016 first-rounders Dragan Bender (fourth overall) and Chriss (eighth). Booker, Chriss and Jackson are 20. Bender, a forward who did little last year, is 19.

"Last season was about development, allowing guys to play, opportunities that their game can grow, their confidence can grow," Suns coach Earl Watson said. "This season is about structure, even though we have a chance to allow Josh and our young guys to grow. Playing a certain way within what we do. Kind of bringing it back.

"Very disciplined style of basketball, with 3-point shooting and a fast pace."

The Suns, who won 23 games in 2015-16, held point guard Eric Bledsoe out of the final 16 games last season. They believe the move sabotaged their victory total but was necessary as an attempt to keep him healthy after he sustained injuries to each knee in previous years.

Portland will play the opener without McCollum, who was suspended for the first game of the regular season after leaving the bench area during an altercation between teammate Caleb Swanigan and Suns center Alex Len in a preseason game on Oct. 11 in Phoenix. The principals traded shoves, but McCollum did not engage in any physical contact.

"I was disappointed," McCollum said. "Obviously I wasn't trying to escalate the situation. I was trying to look out for a teammate. You work so hard to prepare for the season. You go through a lot of preseason games that don't mean anything, and then you miss a regular-season game because of an incident that you weren't even involved in. There's nothing I can do about it now but move forward and learn from it."


Last Updated: 11/24/2017 2:24:05 PM EST


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