Preview: Philadelphia At Portland

When: 10:00 PM  ET, Friday, December 26, 2014
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon
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PHI Edge in: POR
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Damian Lillard is becoming an end-of-game legend in a very short time. Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers will try to avoid finding themselves in a hole late in the game when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. Lillard scored 18 of his 40 points in the final 3:44 of regulation and overtime in a 115-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, including a tying 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation.

Lillard began the four-game road trip with a similar showing in a triple-overtime win in San Antonio and is averaging 29.4 points in the last five games. “I was pointing to the watch, that was Lillard Time,” he told reporters of a gesture he made touching his wrist after knocking down the tying shot. “That was the first time anybody’s seen that. I was just feeling myself a little bit at the moment.” The 76ers are enjoying their first winning streak of the season after victories at Orlando and Miami.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, KGW (Portland)

ABOUT THE 76ERS (4-23): Philadelphia was down 23 points early in the second half at Miami on Tuesday before coming all the way back for a 91-87 win with only eight healthy players. “You credit eight guys that just found something extra to steal a fantastic win on the road,” 76ers coach Brett Brown told reporters. “I think it confirms what I’ve been saying for a while … (Our players) put in fantastic days at practice and they stay together.” Each of Philadelphia’s four wins have come this month on the road and the team is 2-0 on its current seven-game excursion.

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (23-7): Portland appeared to be slogging toward a loss at the end of a stretch of four road games in five days before Lillard stepped up. “We always feel like anything is possible,” Lillard told reporters. “I think guys always stay confident in the moment. We understood that if we got some stops in a row and our offense started to get a little bit better for us that it was possible.” The Blazers ended up 3-1 on the road trip and have won six of seven heading into a stretch of seven straight road games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The 76ers picked up a 101-99 victory at Portland last season.

2. Philadelphia G Tony Wroten (right knee sprain) and G Hollis Thompson (illness) are both day-to-day.

3. Portland G Wesley Matthews is 8-of-13 from 3-point range over the last two games after hitting 6-of-21 in the previous three games.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 106, 76ers 88

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Philadelphia 4-23 W2 0-14 4-9 0-0 4-23 0-6 3-13
Portland 23-7 W1 12-2 11-5 1-1 22-6 6-1 11-6

Last Meeting

Philadelphia Portland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/24/14 POR 114 PHI 104 104 29 50.0 114 52 49.4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHI M. Carter-Williams 24 41.7 4
POR L. Aldridge 33 65.0 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHI M. Carter-Williams 7 2 5
POR L. Aldridge 11 6 5
Assists Player  
PHI T. Wroten 9
POR S. Blake 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHI T. Wroten 423 41.6 110
POR D. Lillard 714 46.2 144
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHI N. Noel 201 57 144
POR L. Aldridge 322 84 238
Assists Player  
PHI M. Carter-Williams 152
POR D. Lillard 199

Quickchart Matchup

Philadelphia  Off vs  Portland Def
91.4 Points For
97.2 Points Against
41.3 FG%
43.2 FG%
41.7 Reb
44.4 Reb
Portland Off vs  Philadelphia Def
103.8 Points For
102.7 Points Against
45.3 FG%
45.5 FG%
44.4 Reb
45.9 Reb

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Philadelphia Overall Portland
4-23 W/L 23-7
14-13-0 ATS 17-12-1
11-16-0 O/U 13-17-0
91.4 Pts For 103.8
102.7 Pts Against 97.2
Philadelphia A/H Portland
4-9 W/L 12-2
6-7-0 ATS 8-5-1
3-10-0 O/U 4-10-0
84.9 Pts For 102.4
96.5 Pts Against 92.8