Preview: Phoenix At Portland

When: 10:00 PM  ET, Monday, March 30, 2015
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon
Matchup Edge
PHO Edge in: POR
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The Trail Blazers are working to clinch a postseason spot while the Phoenix Suns, who visit Portland on Monday, are just trying to stay in the race. The Suns are going to need to come up with more on the offensive end than they managed when they hosted the Trail Blazers last week and shot 36.8 percent from the field in an 87-81 loss. Phoenix compounded that loss by falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-97 on Sunday.

That loss dropped the Suns four games behind the Thunder in the race for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference with eight contests remaining. Phoenix will have to earn it on the road with six of its next seven away from home, including trips to Golden State, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans and San Antonio. Portland is holding down the No. 4 spot in the West due to its lead in the Northwest Division but is one game behind the Los Angeles Clippers in the race for homecourt advantage in the opening round.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, NBATV, FSN Arizona (Phoenix), CSN Northwest (Portland)

ABOUT THE SUNS (38-36): Phoenix looked as though it had solved its offensive problems from Friday with a 62-point first half on Sunday but fell off after the break and squandered all of a 20-point second-quarter lead. The Suns totaled 35 points after the break and ended up losing the season series to the Thunder 3-1, leaving themselves without the advantage of a head-to-head tiebreaker. Phoenix got Brandon Knight back from an eight-game absence but the point guard went 1-of-10 from the field in 22 minutes before tweaking his ailing ankle and sitting out the rest of the contest.

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (47-25): Portland has won three in a row since a five-game slide and is leaning on LaMarcus Aldridge, who put up 27 points and nine rebounds in Friday’s win in Phoenix. Aldridge followed that up with 32 points and 11 boards in a 120-114 win over Denver on Saturday and is 26-of-46 from the field in the last two games. “He’s playing at a very high level,” Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts told reporters of Aldridge. “His offense, he’s in a groove. On the heels of (Friday’s) performance in the fourth quarter and then (Saturday), he’s just in a really good place offensively with his shot.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Trail Blazers G Arron Afflalo scored 21 points on Saturday after failing to reach double figures in five straight games.

2. Phoenix F Markieff Morris is averaging 20.5 points in the last four games.

3. Portland took the last meeting at home, 108-87 on Feb. 5 behind 19 points and 13 rebounds from Aldridge.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 101, Suns 99

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Phoenix 38-36 L3 21-18 17-18 1-4 37-32 6-8 20-25
Portland 47-25 W3 29-7 18-18 2-1 45-24 10-3 27-16

Last Meeting

Phoenix Portland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/27/15 POR 87 PHO 81 81 48 36.8 87 54 40.4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHO M. Morris 19 42.1 0
POR L. Aldridge 27 50.0 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHO M. Morris 12 0 12
POR C. Kaman 11 3 8
Assists Player  
PHO E. Bledsoe 7
POR N. Batum 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHO E. Bledsoe 1349 45.5 353
POR L. Aldridge 1577 46.8 293
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHO P. Tucker 486 108 378
POR L. Aldridge 691 168 523
Assists Player  
PHO E. Bledsoe 463
POR D. Lillard 464

Quickchart Matchup

Phoenix  Off vs  Portland Def
103.8 Points For
98.1 Points Against
45.4 FG%
43.8 FG%
43.6 Reb
44.7 Reb
Portland Off vs  Phoenix Def
102.5 Points For
103.5 Points Against
44.8 FG%
45.0 FG%
44.7 Reb
45.0 Reb

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-7.5
-110
202.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag
-110
-8.5
-110
199.5
Sportsbook.ag
-110
-8.5
-110
199.5
5Dimes
-105
-8.5
-105
199
GTbets.eu
-110
-8.5
-110
199
Top Bet
-110
-8.5
-110
199.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
-8.5
-110
199
BetDSI
-110
-8.5
-110
199
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com OFF OFF
Superbook.ag OFF OFF
BookMaker
-110
-8.5
-110
199
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-8.5
-110
199
Wynn Las Vegas
-110
-8
-110
199
Boyd Gaming
-110
-8.5
-110
200
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Phoenix Overall Portland
38-36 W/L 47-25
38-34-2 ATS 36-35-1
34-39-1 O/U 35-36-1
103.8 Pts For 102.5
103.5 Pts Against 98.1
Phoenix A/H Portland
17-18 W/L 29-7
19-14-2 ATS 19-16-1
20-15-0 O/U 13-22-1
104.5 Pts For 103.2
105.4 Pts Against 95.1
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