Preview: Portland At Charlotte

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Matchup Edge
POR Edge in: CHAR
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The Portland Trail Blazers seek to stretch their winning streak to nine games when they visit the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. Portland slipped past winless Philadelphia on Tuesday after a sluggish first half. “The biggest lesson is how hard you have to play to win,” Portland coach Terry Stotts told reporters. “Every night is a challenge. To be able to come back against a team playing with desperation means a lot.”

Charlotte is sliding in the opposite direction and has lost six straight games. The Hornets opened a three-game homestand by being routed 113-92 by the Los Angeles Clippers and coach Steve Clifford is hoping the players can bounce back strong. “We can’t lose our spirit,” Clifford told reporters. “To be a good team in this league it takes a lot of things but your best players have to be prideful and hard players. Al (Jefferson) and Kemba (Walker) showed again they’re going to fight for this and they’re going to try hard to get this turned around.”

TV:
7 p.m. ET, CSN Northwest (Portland), SportSouth (Charlotte)

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (11-3): All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge broke out of a shooting slump by scoring a season-best 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting against Philadelphia. Aldridge had been 13-of-34 over the previous two games before taking advantage of the 76ers and also grabbing 11 rebounds while recording his fifth double-double of the season. Point guard Damian Lillard is averaging just 14 points over the last two games following a stretch of five consecutive 20-point outings.

ABOUT THE HORNETS (4-11):
Jefferson had a streak of three 20-point outings snapped with a 16-point effort against the Clippers but he continues to carry the offensive attack. Walker is averaging 15.3 points, eight rebounds and six assists over the past three games but his season-long struggles from behind the 3-point line continue (28.6). Guard Lance Stephenson has had issues fitting it since joining the club as a free agent and had three points on 1-of-8 shooting against Los Angeles.

BUZZER BEATERS
 
1. Portland has won nine of the past 11 meetings and overcame a 23-point home deficit to post a 102-100 victory over Charlotte on Nov. 11.

2. The Hornets have lost by more than 20 points three times during their six-game skid.

3. Lillard made five 3-pointers and scored 29 points when the Trail Blazers defeated Charlotte earlier this month.

PREDICTION:
Trail Blazers 106, Hornets 104

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Portland 11-3 W8 8-1 3-2 0-1 11-2 3-0 5-3
Charlotte 4-11 L6 3-4 1-7 0-0 4-11 2-2 3-4

Last Meeting

Portland Charlotte
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/11/14 CHAR 100 POR 102 102 48 43.0 100 38 46.7

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
POR D. Lillard 29 57.1 0
CHAR A. Jefferson 22 50.0 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
POR L. Aldridge 14 4 10
CHAR L. Stephenson 14 0 14
Assists Player  
POR D. Lillard 7
CHAR G. Neal 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
POR L. Aldridge 355 46.8 71
CHAR A. Jefferson 408 46.7 54
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
POR L. Aldridge 139 39 100
CHAR A. Jefferson 165 41 124
Assists Player  
POR D. Lillard 103
CHAR K. Walker 108

Quickchart Matchup

Portland  Off vs  Charlotte Def
104.4 Points For
100.3 Points Against
46.0 FG%
46.7 FG%
47.7 Reb
42.7 Reb
Charlotte Off vs  Portland Def
94.1 Points For
95.3 Points Against
43.5 FG%
41.9 FG%
42.7 Reb
42.3 Reb

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
5
-110
198
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
6
-110
193.5
Sportsbook
-110
6
-110
193.5
5Dimes.eu
-105
5.5
-105
193.5
GTBets.eu
-115
6
-110
193.5
Top Bet
-110
6
-110
194
BetOnline.ag
-110
6
-110
193.5
BetDSI
-110
5.5
-110
193.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
6
-110
193.5
BookMaker.eu
-110
5.5
-110
193.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
5.5
-110
193.5
Mirage
-110
6
OFF
Station
-110
6
-110
194
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Portland Overall Charlotte
11-3 W/L 4-11
10-4-0 ATS 5-8-2
5-9-0 O/U 8-7-0
104.4 Pts For 94.1
95.3 Pts Against 100.3
Portland A/H Charlotte
3-2 W/L 3-4
3-2-0 ATS 2-5-0
3-2-0 O/U 4-3-0
106.8 Pts For 95.3
102.8 Pts Against 101.4