Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors Preview and Predictions -01-20-2020
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What: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors, 7 p.m. PT.
TV Channel: TNT (In Portland: Comcast 54/754; DIRECTV 245).
ABOUT THE WARRIORS
The Warriors are coming off a 109-95 win over the Orlando Magic Saturday. … Golden State snapped a season-long 10-game losing streak with the win. … The Warriors had three players score 20-plus points in the game in D’Angelo Russell (26 points), Jordan Poole (21 points) and Eric Paschall (20 points). It was the third time this season that three Warriors scored 20-plus points in one game. … Golden State and Portland are the two best free-throw shooting teams in the NBA, at 81 percent and 80.9 percent, respectively. … The Warriors have used 21 different starting lineups this season. … Among rookies, Paschall is ranked fifth in scoring (13.8 points per game), seventh in rebounding (4.6 per game), fourth in field goal percentage (49.5 percent), eighth in free throw percentage (79.4 percent) and ninth in minutes played per game (27.0 minutes per game). … The rookies for the Warriors are averaging 25.8 points per game, the third-highest in the league this season, trailing Miami and Memphis. The Warriors also have the most points scored in the NBA by two-way players (551) this season. … Russell led the Warriors with 26 points to go along with seven assists and two blocks in Golden State’s 122-112 loss to the Blazers at the Moda Center on Dec. 18. Russell has scored 20-plus points in four of his last five games against the Blazers. In those five games, Russell has averaged 24.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists. … Monday’s game will be the lone road game in a stretch where the Warriors are playing five of six at home. … For the eighth straight season the Warriors are playing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They have won nine of the last 10 games they have played on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
ABOUT THE BLAZERS
The Blazers are coming off a 119-106 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday. … Damian Lillard finished with a team-leading 34 points and six assists in the game, while Gary Trent Jr., who was celebrating his 21st birthday and battling illness, scored a career-high 30 points to go along with five rebounds. … The Blazers have lost two of their last three games. They are 5-16 against teams with winning records this season. … The Blazers had just eight players available for Saturday’s game after trading Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second round picks to the Sacramento Kings for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and former Blazer Caleb Swanigan. The trade won’t be finalized until Tuesday, due to restrictions in Gabriel’s contract, meaning that the Blazers will once again be short-handed against the Warriors Monday. … On Friday in Dallas, Lillard became one of just four active players to reach 14,000 career points in his first eight NBA seasons. … Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points against Dallas Friday to become the 18th player in NBA history to reach 26,000 points. … Portland sits in 11th place in the West, three games behind the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies. … Monday’s game will be Portland’s first of four consecutive games at home. The Blazers are 9-10 at home this season. … Monday’s game will be the third of four meetings between the Warriors and Blazers this season. .. The Blazers are 1-1 against the Warriors this season. They lost 127-118 to the Warriors on the road on Nov. 4 before beating the Warriors 122-112 at the Moda Center on Dec. 18. … Lillard recorded 31 points and 13 assists in the win, while Hassan Whiteside snagged 23 rebounds.
Neither team has released its injury report. For the Blazers, Skal Labissiere (left knee injury), Rodney Hood (ruptured left Achilles), Zach Collins (left shoulder surgery) and Jusuf Nurkic (left leg rehabilitation) are all out, while CJ McCollum sprained his ankle in Friday’s game against Dallas. For the Warriors, Glenn Robinson III (ankle), Jacob Evans (concussion) and Draymond Green (sprained left finger) all missed Saturday’s game against the Magic, while Kevon Looney (abdomen), Klay Thompson (ACL) and Steph Curry (hand) remain out with long-term injuries.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers, commonly known as the Blazers, are an American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. The Trail Blazers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. The team played its home games in the Memorial Coliseum before moving to Moda Center in 1995 (called the Rose Garden until 2013). The franchise entered the league as an expansion team in 1970, and has enjoyed a strong following: from 1977 through 1995, the team sold out 814 consecutive home games, the longest such streak in American major professional sports at the time, and only since surpassed by the Boston Red Sox. The Trail Blazers are the only NBA team based in the bi-national Pacific Northwest, after the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis and became the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001 and the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.
The team has advanced to the NBA Finals three times, winning the NBA championship once in 1977. Their other NBA Finals appearances were in 1990 and 1992. The team has qualified for the playoffs in 34 seasons of their 48-season existence, including a streak of 21 straight appearances from 1983 through 2003, tied for the second longest streak in NBA history. The Trail Blazers’ 34 playoff appearances rank third in the NBA only behind the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs since the team’s inception in 1970. Six Hall of Fame players have played for the Trail Blazers (Lenny Wilkens, Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Dražen Petrović, Arvydas Sabonis, and Scottie Pippen). Bill Walton is the franchise’s most decorated player; he was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 1977, and the regular season MVP the following year. Four Blazer rookies (Geoff Petrie, Sidney Wicks, Brandon Roy and Damian Lillard) have won the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Three players have earned the Most Improved Player award: Kevin Duckworth (1988), Zach Randolph (2004), and CJ McCollum (2016). Two Hall of Fame coaches, Lenny Wilkens and Jack Ramsay, have patrolled the sidelines for the Blazers, and two others, Mike Schuler and Mike Dunleavy, have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award with the team.