Preview: Miami At Portland

When: 10:00 PM  ET, Saturday, December 3, 2016
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
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MIA Edge in: POR
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The Portland Trail Blazers need to outscore teams to win games, and top scorer Damian Lillard is trying to shoot his team into a winning homestand. Lillard will try to score 27 or more points for the fifth straight game when the Trail Blazers close out a four-game homestand by hosting the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Lillard's 564 points are the most in franchise history through the first 20 games of the season, and he piled up 28 point points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with 10 assists in a 131-109 win over Indiana on Wednesday that elevated Portland to 2-1 on the homestand. The Trail Blazers embark on a brutal stretch of eight of nine games on the road after Saturday, beginning with a visit to the Chicago Bulls on Monday. The Heat took the first two stops on their three-game road trip in the thin air, knocking off Denver 106-98 on Wednesday before outlasting Utah 111-110 the following night. Injury-plagued Miami was able to survive the back-to-back thanks for the stellar play of the bench, which totaled 55 points in the win over the Jazz.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Miami), CSN Northwest (Portland)

ABOUT THE HEAT (7-12): Forwards Derrick Williams (back spasms) and Justise Winslow (wrist) and guards Josh Richardson (ankle) and Dion Waiters (groin) all sat out on Thursday, but James Johnson and Wayne Ellington picked up the slack. Johnson scored a season-high 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting while Ellington added 17 points on 6-of-9 from the field. "Literally tonight, guys were playing as hard as they could, raising their hand, and we had to shuffle and get guys in and out," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters. "And that's the most we've ever had to do it because of fatigue, regardless of lineup."

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (10-10): Portland surrendered at least 130 points in each of its last two losses but came away from Wednesday's triumph feeling much better about the defense. "We've got to use an effort like (Wednesday) where we were consistent, we were locked in, we played well on both ends, and we've got to build on it," Lillard told reporters. "It's not easy to do but we've got to find a way to get it done and put one game together. Then two games together, then three games and eventually it becomes who you are and what you do." Lillard is getting some help on the offensive end from small forward Maurice Harkless, who is averaging 20 points in the last three games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Trail Blazers C Mason Plumlee is averaging 14.5 points on 27-of-43 shooting in the last four games.

2. Miami F Luke Babbitt (hip) left Thursday's game in the first quarter and did not return.

3. The teams split two meetings last season, with Portland earning a 110-93 home win on April 2.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 113, Heat 107

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Miami 7-12 W2 2-7 5-5 0-0 7-12 2-2 3-7
Portland 10-10 W1 6-4 4-6 2-0 8-10 3-0 8-7

Last Meeting

Miami Portland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/2/16 MIA 93 POR 110 93 42 38.6 110 45 51.9

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIA H. Whiteside 20 42.9 8
POR C. McCollum 24 60.0 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIA L. Deng 13 4 9
POR E. Davis 11 5 6
Assists Player  
MIA J. Richardson 4
POR C. McCollum 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIA H. Whiteside 417 56.9 71
POR D. Lillard 698 47.3 182
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIA H. Whiteside 344 98 246
POR M. Plumlee 187 55 132
Assists Player  
MIA G. Dragic 131
POR D. Lillard 136

Quickchart Matchup

Miami  Off vs  Portland Def
97.4 Points For
113.5 Points Against
43.1 FG%
46.1 FG%
44.7 Reb
45.8 Reb
Portland Off vs  Miami Def
110.8 Points For
98.8 Points Against
46.0 FG%
43.6 FG%
45.8 Reb
45.0 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Miami Overall Portland
7-12 W/L 10-10
9-10-0 ATS 7-13-0
9-10-0 O/U 14-6-0
97.4 Pts For 110.8
98.8 Pts Against 113.5
Miami A/H Portland
5-5 W/L 6-4
6-4-0 ATS 3-7-0
4-6-0 O/U 9-1-0
96.9 Pts For 113.3
99.1 Pts Against 114.7