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Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction

Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction

Phoenix Suns

February 23

02:00

132 : 100

Portland Trail Blazers

Phoenix Suns

Portland Trail Blazers

Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction

An intriguing Western Conference clash features overnight, as the Phoenix Suns (19-10) entertain Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers (18-11). The pair is currently vying for fourth in the regular-season standings.

This is game 30 of 72, but although Lillard is without backcourt partner CJ McCollum (foot) and starting centre Jusuf Nurkic (wrist), the franchise star will be itching to produce a more efficient shooting display than the one during their 118-111 defeat by the Washington Wizards overnight.

Can he and his teammates overcome a confident Suns team with eight wins in their last ten? Read my basketball preview for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview

Lillard led the game in attempted shots (30) and minutes played (38:56) but could not carry Portland against a spirited Wizards effort, headlined by All-Star duo Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook both shooting efficiently.

Such has been Washington's struggles this season that the backcourt pairing hasn't yet found their feet as quickly as hoped, not helped by injuries and COVID-19 impacting their rhythm, but there was no such issue overnight.

They combined for 64 points, 18 rebounds and 16 assists, while second-year PF Rui Hachimura impressed too (17 pts, seven rebs, three steals). The less said about Terry Stotts' four-person bench rotation, the better. They were outscored 25-19, with veteran PF Carmelo Anthony and promising SG Anfernee Simons disappointing their shooting from the field (4-of-20 combined, 16 pts).

They weren't the only ones at fault, but it goes without saying that they must collectively improve their scoring numbers if they're to bounce back on the road in Phoenix overnight.

Contrastingly, five Suns players had 15 points or more against Memphis yesterday, including star guard Devin Booker (7-of-13, five 3 PM). At the same time, PG Cameron Payne and PF Dario Saric particularly stood out from the bench, combining 38 points on 14-of-19 shooting (including eight 3 PM).

As a team, they shot 52.2% from the three-point range and recorded 53.5% total FG, both numbers unsustainable going forward. Will their drop-off in shot efficiency is drastic or a gradual one?

Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Betting Tips

With their recent form in mind, ESPN's BPI is pulling no punches by picking a Phoenix home win (64.6%), especially considering successive away victories against the Pelicans and Grizzlies.

They're better on paper than the Blazers, who have done considerably well without CJ McCollum but struggled at home against the Wizards last time out. Efficient shooting nights for both Lillard and Gary Trent Jr are their keys to success here, and while I don't think it's an easy clash by any means, I'm predicting a hard-fought Suns victory.

Expert's prediction

Match prediction: Phoenix Suns to win

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Last matches

Phoenix Suns

05-03-2021

120 - 98 Golden State Warriors

W
03-03-2021

104 - 114 LA Lakers

W
01-03-2021

99 - 118 Minnesota Timberwolves

W
27-02-2021

97 - 106 Chicago Bulls

W
25-02-2021

121 - 124 Charlotte Hornets

L
23-02-2021

132 - 100 Portland Trail Blazers

W
21-02-2021

97 - 128 Memphis Grizzlies

W
20-02-2021

114 - 132 New Orleans Pelicans

W
17-02-2021

124 - 128 Brooklyn Nets

L
15-02-2021

109 - 90 Orlando Magic

W

Portland Trail Blazers

W

123 - 119 Sacramento Kings

05-03-2021
W

108 - 106 Golden State Warriors

04-03-2021
W

123 - 111 Charlotte Hornets

02-03-2021
L

102 - 93 LA Lakers

27-02-2021
L

111 - 106 Denver Nuggets

24-02-2021
L

132 - 100 Phoenix Suns

23-02-2021
L

111 - 118 Washington Wizards

21-02-2021
W

124 - 126 New Orleans Pelicans

18-02-2021
W

104 - 115 Oklahoma City Thunder

17-02-2021
W

118 - 121 Dallas Mavericks

15-02-2021
Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Head to Head (H2H)
23-02-2021

Phoenix Suns

132
100

Portland Trail Blazers

Phoenix Suns
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Portland Trail Blazers
Predicted Lineup

Devin Booker

Frank Kaminsky

Chris Paul

DeAndre Ayton

Mikal Bridges

Gary Trent Jr.

Robert Covington

Damian Lillard

Enes Kanter

Derrick Jones Jr.

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120-98 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

W

114-104 vs LA Lakers (A)

W

118-99 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (A)

W

106-97 vs Chicago Bulls (A)

W

121-124 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

L

132-100 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

W

128-97 vs Memphis Grizzlies (A)

W

132-114 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

W

124-128 vs Brooklyn Nets (H)

L

109-90 vs Orlando Magic (H)

W
W

123-119 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

W

108-106 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

W

123-111 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

L

93-102 vs LA Lakers (A)

L

106-111 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

L

100-132 vs Phoenix Suns (A)

L

111-118 vs Washington Wizards (H)

W

126-124 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

W

115-104 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

W

121-118 vs Dallas Mavericks (A)

120-98 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

W

121-124 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

L

132-100 vs Portland Trail Blazers (H)

W

124-128 vs Brooklyn Nets (H)

L

109-90 vs Orlando Magic (H)

W
W

123-119 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

W

108-106 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

W

123-111 vs Charlotte Hornets (H)

L

111-118 vs Washington Wizards (H)

114-104 vs LA Lakers (A)

W

118-99 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (A)

W

106-97 vs Chicago Bulls (A)

W

128-97 vs Memphis Grizzlies (A)

W

132-114 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

W
L

93-102 vs LA Lakers (A)

L

106-111 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

L

100-132 vs Phoenix Suns (A)

W

126-124 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

W

115-104 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

W

121-118 vs Dallas Mavericks (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
22.02.2021

Freelance sports editor and writer. Featured on the Sunday Times, MailOnline and more.

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