Enough with the praise of the Portland Trail Blazers for winning 115-108 Wednesday at the Sacramento Kings, a franchise that hasn’t made the NBA playoffs since 2006.
Let’s see what the Blazers look like against a real NBA championship contender.
The Blazers (1-0) host Phoenix (1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Moda Center in their home opener.
The Suns finished last season with the best record in the NBA (64-18) and once again look set to attempt a high seed in the playoffs.
Portland’s defense, which looked solid at the Kings, will face a different kind of challenge against the Suns, who are led by Chris Paul, arguably the smartest and shrewdest point guard in the league.
The Suns won their opener, 107-105 over Dallas, which beat Phoenix in the second round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, 4-1.
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PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS. PHOENIX SUNS
What: Trail Blazers (1-0) at Phoenix Suns (1-0), 7 p.m., Friday.
Where: Moda Center.
Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM).
TV channel: Root Sports Plus (in Portland: Comcast 1253, DirecTV 687-1).
Watch the game live online: You can watch this match live for FREE with fuboTV (free try). You can also get this game at DirecTV streamsThe “CHOICE” package of (promotional offers), if you no longer have fuboTV trials, or if you simply prefer this platform and its tariff plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider that broadcasts Root Sports and want to watch online, you can watch this match live on Root Sports Live.
ODDS (Oregon Lottery/DraftKings)
Money line: ORP +150 | PHX-175
Spread: ORP +4 | More less : 224.5
Blazers: g Gary Payton II (core muscle recovery) is complete. VS Olivier Sarre (right wrist sprain) and F/C Trendon Watford (right hip flexor strain) missed Wednesday’s game at Sacramento. Their status for Friday was unknown.
The Blazers play at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Los Angeles Lakers.