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NBA : ATS Matchup
Monday 12/16/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




PORTLAND (10 - 16) at PHOENIX (11 - 14)
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PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games10-16-1511-1412-13112.355.045.1%54.0114.355.444.2%57.5
Road Games5-10-11.97-76-8110.154.145.0%52.5114.656.344.7%58.5
Last 5 Games2-3-1.62-32-3110.057.645.3%51.8112.259.844.8%56.8
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.355.041-9245.1%12-3436.2%18-2281.6%541020236136
vs opponents surrendering109.354.240-8845.3%12-3335.1%17-2377.0%541024218155
Team Stats (Road Games)110.154.141-9245.0%12-3335.1%16-2078.9%521021236136
Stats Against (All Games)114.355.440-9144.2%12-3434.9%22-2877.7%571223208135
vs opponents averaging109.654.740-8945.4%12-3335.2%18-2376.6%541024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)114.656.340-9044.7%11-3333.9%23-2978.6%581224198145

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games11-14-314-1015-10115.556.045.8%51.1114.355.346.9%55.4
Home Games6-9-4.97-711-4117.056.046.8%50.9114.757.246.9%54.9
Last 5 Games2-3-23-13-2120.057.244.3%56.4118.457.846.4%60.2
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)115.556.041-9045.8%13-3635.6%20-2580.0%51928238144
vs opponents surrendering111.255.741-8945.8%12-3435.6%18-2377.3%541024218145
Team Stats (Home Games)117.056.042-9046.8%13-3636.4%20-2578.9%51829237145
Stats Against (All Games)114.355.341-8846.9%11-3236.0%21-2777.1%55924258166
vs opponents averaging110.655.541-8945.4%12-3435.3%17-2376.8%541024218155
Stats Against (Home Games)114.757.241-8846.9%12-3236.6%21-2777.1%55923258165
Average power rating of opponents played: PORTLAND 95.9,  PHOENIX 96.2
PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/7/2019@ LA CLIPPERS101-107L6T230.5U39-10437.5%581339-8943.8%6617
11/12/2019@ SACRAMENTO99-107L-1.5L222U34-7744.2%501738-8644.2%5414
11/16/2019@ SAN ANTONIO121-116W1.5W225.5O42-9345.2%531241-8846.6%5210
11/18/2019@ HOUSTON108-132L7.5L231.5O40-9641.7%551747-10047.0%6516
11/19/2019@ NEW ORLEANS104-115L3L231.5U40-9243.5%541741-9344.1%5913
11/21/2019@ MILWAUKEE129-137L14W228O50-10348.5%48850-10647.2%6812
11/23/2019@ CLEVELAND104-110L-6L227U39-8744.8%421037-8643.0%6513
11/25/2019@ CHICAGO117-94W-1W226U46-8951.7%611536-8641.9%4417
11/27/2019OKLAHOMA CITY136-119W-3W219.5O49-9452.1%57939-8844.3%456
12/3/2019@ LA CLIPPERS97-117L8.5L233U39-9142.9%541343-9445.7%6310
12/6/2019LA LAKERS113-136L4.5L225O39-8645.3%401546-8554.1%5616
12/8/2019OKLAHOMA CITY96-108L-3.5L222.5U36-10036.0%60835-8541.2%6410
12/10/2019NEW YORK115-87W-9W223.5U39-9043.3%651232-9135.2%5911
12/12/2019@ DENVER99-114L8L216.5U41-8647.7%43842-8847.7%5810
12/16/2019@ PHOENIX              
12/18/2019GOLDEN STATE              
12/23/2019NEW ORLEANS              
12/26/2019@ UTAH              
12/28/2019LA LAKERS              
1/1/2020@ NEW YORK              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/12/2019LA LAKERS115-123L3L220.5O43-9147.3%491151-9553.7%579
11/19/2019@ SACRAMENTO116-120L3L219.5O38-8942.7%481042-7953.2%4818
11/21/2019NEW ORLEANS121-124L-3.5L234.5O40-8646.5%441447-8853.4%5517
11/23/2019@ MINNESOTA100-98W4.5W235.5U33-9634.4%60738-9141.8%6514
11/24/2019@ DENVER104-116L11L214O41-8250.0%411243-9147.3%5710
12/2/2019@ CHARLOTTE109-104W-4W222U39-8844.3%47738-8544.7%6219
12/4/2019@ ORLANDO114-128L-2L214O43-8848.9%391349-8557.6%5319
12/5/2019@ NEW ORLEANS139-132W4.5W235O50-10746.7%551844-8750.6%5523
12/7/2019@ HOUSTON109-115L11.5W240U40-9641.7%631541-9145.1%6115
12/14/2019SAN ANTONIO119-121L2T219.5O45-10343.7%671044-10641.5%6911
12/17/2019@ LA CLIPPERS              
12/20/2019@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/27/2019@ GOLDEN STATE              
12/28/2019@ SACRAMENTO              
12/30/2019@ PORTLAND              
1/1/2020@ LA LAKERS              
PORTLAND: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-0 to Golden State in the Western Conference finals.
COACH: Terry Stotts (eighth season with Trail Blazers, 325-249; 12th season overall, 440-417).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Damian Lillard (25.8 ppg), G CJ McCollum (21.0), F Rodney Hood (11.2), F Zach Collins (8.6), C Hassan Whiteside (12.3 with Miami).
KEY LOSSES: F Al-Farouq Aminu, F Evan Turner, F Maurice Harkless, C Meyers Leonard.
KEY ADDITIONS: Whiteside, C Pau Gasol, F Anthony Tolliver, G Kent Bazemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Blazers will count on Whiteside at center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a broken leg he suffered during a game in March. Nurkic probably won't return until January, at the earliest. The Blazers added some insurance at the position by signing Pau Gasol, who is also making his way back from surgery. Portland will look to Zach Collins to take the next step in his third season in the league. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum form one of the best backcourt duos in the league.
OUTLOOK: In the loaded Western Conference, the revamped Trail Blazers, with a total of seven new players, will have to come together sooner rather than later. A key will be how Whiteside gels with the rest of the team. The 7-footer was acquired in a trade with the Miami, where his production fell off last season after three strong seasons. The Blazers will again emphasize defensive improvement going into the season, something Stotts has routinely preached each fall camp. Lillard signed a supermax extension in the offseason, and appears to be a Blazer for the long haul. Expectations are high for Portland after making the Western Conference finals last season, and players say they're not going to be satisfied with simply making the playoffs, the goal now is to go deep into the postseason.
PHOENIX: LAST SEASON: 19-63, finished 15th in Western Conference.
COACH: Monty Williams (first season with Suns, sixth season overall, 173-221).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Ricky Rubio (12.7 ppg), G Devin Booker (26.6), F Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2), F Dario Saric (10.6), C Deandre Ayton (16.3)
KEY LOSSES: F T.J. Warren, G/F Josh Jackson
KEY ADDITIONS: Rubio, Saric, G/F Cameron Johnson, F Frank Kaminsky III, F Cheick Diallo, G Ty Jerome
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Suns are trying to build a winning team around the core of Ayton and Booker, who are both still young and put up big numbers last season. The 7-foot-1 Ayton averaged a double-double in his rookie season while shooting nearly 59 percent from the field. Booker averaged 26.6 points per game and nearly seven assists. Oubre was a pleasant surprise after joining the team midway through last season, scoring nearly 17 points per game after the trade and playing good defense. Rubio gives the Suns an experienced point guard who should help Ayton, Booker and Oubre get better scoring chances. Rubio's presence also allows Booker to play off the ball and focus on scoring.
OUTLOOK: The Suns should be much better than the 19-win version of a year ago. Rubio's presence along with the input first-year coach Monty Williams should give the starting lineup some discipline and structure. Phoenix's ceiling depends on the development of Ayton and Booker. If the two can develop into All-Star caliber players than there might be something brewing in the desert. The major problem is the Western Conference is still stacked with good teams, so a move into the playoffs feels a little far-fetched this season.
Suns host Blazers in matchup of hurting teams

Just as Phoenix prepared to welcome starting center Deandre Ayton back this week, Devin Booker landed on the injury report, adding to an all-around bad day in Mexico City on Saturday.

Portland knows the feeling.

Two teams that are in a bit of a funk will meet in Phoenix on Monday, the first of four meetings for the Western Conference rivals, who each have playoff aspirations.

Phoenix has lost two in a row and seven of its last 10 after moving game one over .500 with a victory in Minnesota on Nov. 23. The Suns have lost consecutive games to sub.-500 teams Memphis and San Antonio, the most recent a 121-119 loss to the Spurs in overtime in Mexico City.

Ricky Rubio had 25 points and 13 assists for the Suns, who led by two points with 31 seconds remaining but gave up two field goals, committed a turnover and failed to box out on a Spurs' missed free throw that led to Patty Mills' winning jumper with 1.7 seconds remaining.

"We're fighting for something that hasn't been accomplished in a long time in Phoenix," said Rubio, whose 3-pointer had put the Suns in front.

"The last two games, it felt like we lost the game. With due respect to San Antonio and Memphis, they played hard, but I think we made mistakes we shouldn't have. It would have put us in better position to win those kind of games.

"Down the road, an 82-game schedule in a tight Western Conference, it's going to hurt. It is one of those that is painful, because know that if we control what we have to control, that wouldn't happen."

Booker, averaging 25.0 points and 6.4 assists a game, missed the San Antonio game with a right forearm contusion. His availability for the Portland game is unknown, and Ayton is expected return against the Clippers on Los Angeles.

Booker suffered a blow to his right forearm in a 115-109 loss at Houston on Dec. 7 and played through it for two games before behind held out Saturday.

"It got to the point where we thought it smart to let it heal and not pound on it," coach Monty Williams told the Suns' radio network. "You could watch him play and see he was in some pain. There were a couple of times I wanted to take him out but couldn't."

The Trail Blazers have had difficulty keeping up with the Western Conference toughs recently. They suffered a 23-point loss to the Lakers and a 12-point loss to Oklahoma before closing out a four-game homestead with 28-point victory over New York last Tuesday. They lost at Denver 114-99 on Thursday.

"Trying to figure out some consistency on the defensive end," said Carmelo Anthony, who was in Arizona in time to see Georgia prized freshman Anthony Edwards play at Arizona State on Saturday night.

"We show spurts of it, and there are spurts that we don't. Sometimes we are not as aggressive as we should be. Sometimes we are too relaxed."

Seven-foot center Hassan Whiteside had a career-high 33 points to go with 11 rebounds. Damian Lillard's 3-pointer late in the third quarter cut the deficit to one point before Denver scored the final 10 points of the period. Whiteside could not explain the stall.

"I don't know. I went to the bathroom," said Whiteside, who has 17 double-doubles this season, including one of 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. "I know it's crazy to say. We were down three. I came back, we were down 12."

Nominal starting center Jusuf Nurkic, who averaged 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds last season, appears to be nearing a return from a broken leg suffered in March. He ran the steps at Denver's Pepsi Center during the team shoot-around Thursday.

"I feel hungry," Nurkic told reporters after an on-court workout on Phoenix on Saturday. "I feel every day hunger more. I lost some weight, and feel great. More explosive. More quick. When the (return) comes, I'm going to be the double beast."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 8/8/2020 12:36:30 PM EST

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