This Friday, there is a matchup between an Eastern Conference team and a Western Conference team in the NBA. Specifically, the Brooklyn Nets and the Portland Trail Blazers will face off at about 10:00 PM. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the Moda Center.
Nets Look For First Road Win Of The SeasonThrough seven games this season, the Brooklyn Nets currently have a losing record. On the bright side, the Nets have won two of their last three games so perhaps they are ready to turn a corner. The main reason why the Nets have struggled up to this point has been their inability to win away from home. The Nets enter this game with an 0-2 record on the road as they have looked significantly worse whenever they are not playing in the Barclays Center. Now, the Nets get to play on the road again on Friday after being given three days of rest so perhaps they will be able to win their first road game in this one.
Leading the Nets offensively is star points guardKyrie Irving who looked great this season. Irving is averaging 31.7 points per game which is the most on the team by a wide margin and is the second-most in the entire league. Irving has looked like the best guard in the entire Eastern Conference and is a given to make another NBA All-Star Team this season. However, his current level of performance now has him in serious consideration for the NBA MVP Award.
Brooklyn's most underrated player is shooting guardCaris LeVertwho has been solid so far this season. Specifically, he is averaging 19.4 points per game which is the second-most on the team. In addition, he is also averaging 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists. LeVert earned a three-year extension with the organization this past offseason and he appears to be well worth the $52.5 million price tag.
Portland Continues To UnderachieveThrough eight games this season, the Portland Trail Blazers have been one of the more disappointing teams in the entire league. After reaching the Western Conference Finals last season, people expected Portland to be near the top of the standings once again this season. However, that has not been the case as the Trail Blazers are currently out of the playoff picture. The main reason for their struggles has been their inability to win games at home. Specifically, Portland is still winless through two home games as it will look to finally break the seal with a victory on Friday.
Leading the Trail Blazers offensively is star guard Damian Lillard who looked great so far this season. Specifically, he is leading his team with 31.1 points per game. Impressively, he actually ranks third in the entire league in points per game. Now, Lillard will look to lead his team to a much-needed home victory which might be tough considering the fact that he played over 30 minutes last night.
Portland's most underrated player is center Hassan Whiteside who has been solid so far this season. Specifically, he is averaging 14.3 points per game along with 12.0 rebounds per game. In addition, he is also averaging 1.0 blocks so he has the ability to impact the game in a variety of ways. Now, he will have his work cut out for him in the paint on Friday as he will have to deal with Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Nets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference.
- Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Trail Blazers are 0-2-2 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest.