NBA: Suns take on streaking Trailblazers in Portland
Phoenix is 2-1 on the season against Portland this season including home victories of 104-91 and 120-106 and a road loss of 90-89. The two teams haven’t played each other since late November, but in the last matchup Goran Dragic led the Suns to a victory that snapped the Trailblazers’ 11 game winning streak. Dragic scored 31 points and dished out 10 assists in the process. Phoenix fell behind early, losing 32-21 after the first quarter but used a 40-26 second quarter and a 29-18 third quarter to take control of the game.
The Suns (44-31) come into Saturday night’s action tied for 7th place in the West with Dallas and Memphis, but those two teams hold tiebreakers over Phoenix, leaving Phoenix in the 9th spot. The Suns still have matchups remaining against both the Mavs and the Grizzlies in their last seven games of the regular season. Phoenix led the Clippers by 17 points with just over a minute left in the third quarter before squandering that lead in the fourth quarter and losing 112-108.
The Trailblazers (49-27) had a 4-9 record from early March until March 25. Since March 25 the Blazers have been winners of four straight games and are now just one game behind the Houston Rockets for 4th place in the standings. Lamarcus Aldridge led Portland to a 124-112 victory over the Lakers on Tuesday where he scored 31 points, grabbed 15 boards, and had six assists.
Prediction: Suns 108 Trailblazers 106
These two teams are tied for the NBA-lead in three-pointers made per game with 9.5. This game is going to come down right to the end and it will take some clutch outside shooting down the stretch to get the job done. I expect Goran Dragic to score 20+ points and have seven assists and for Gerald Green to dominate his matchup against Wesley Matthews and to score 25 points.
The Suns and Trailblazers tip off tonight at 7:00 p.m. PT from Portland, Ore.