Blazer shots were falling early, as the Blazers started the game 10-for-17 from the floor.
Anthony Davis, who had inscribed a tribute message on his trainers, scored 21 points in the match-up with the San Antonio Spurs, but it was not enough to clinch the win. With the National Basketball Association season wrapping up, it's time for another player to step up and help Cavaliers reach their ultimate goal. "I think we all know how Damian Lillard has been playing as of late", James said at Thursday's shootaround in Portland. Oklahoma City's turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Los Angeles.
3-Point Goals-Cleveland 11-33 (Korver 3-8, Hill 2-4, Holland 1-2, Smith 1-2, Hood 1-4, Green 1-4, James 1-4, Clarkson 1-5), Portland 12-35 (Aminu 3-6, McCollum 3-10, Harkless 2-4, Napier 1-2, Connaughton 1-2, Turner 1-3, Lillard 1-8).
Contrasting paces will be on display in this showdown.
The dunk may have been the talk of the game, but the Blazers' streak - and Nurkic's decision to defend the dunk - might end up being more important for this season.
Portland holds records of 43-26 straight up (SU) and 37-25-6 against the spread (ATS).
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The Portland Trail Blazers hardly did any business in the 2017 offseason, which prompted all the pundits and analysts to predict yet another 5th-8th seed for them with their best case scenario being a second-round loss in the Playoffs. Totals 41-80 12-21 105.
Lillard, the reigning conference player of the week, made his first attempt of the game, a 3-pointer.
The All-Star guard broke Portland's drought of over five minutes with a three-pointer midway through the period to put Portland back in front by six, and the Blazers stayed safely ahead from there. Portland outscored Detroit in the paint by a count of 46-32.
The Trail Blazers rank ninth in fast break points allowed per game (11.0) while the Clippers rank last (15.2). The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. Cleveland is 0-4 against the spread in its last four trips to Portland while the home team is a flawless 4-0 against the spread in the last four meetings between these two teams overall. They still trail IN for third by a half game. "But you can't give them 20 second-chance points".
Portland opened as a 4-point favorite but the line has climbed to 5.5 at the majority of online sportsbooks.
With a loaded schedule on the horizon, a game at the Moda Center against the slumping Pistons remained a must-win.