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National Basketball Association
Preview
Oklahoma City at Portland
When: 10:30 PM ET, Friday, February 27, 2015
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon

The Portland Trail Blazers attempt to defeat Oklahoma City for the third straight time this season when they host the Thunder on Friday. Portland posted a 17-point home win over the Thunder on Oct. 29 and later recorded a 115-111 overtime win on the road when star guard Damian Lillard made eight 3-pointers while contributing 40 points and 11 assists. The Thunder could be a tired group after suffering a 117-113 road overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.

Oklahoma City had a seven-game winning streak halted by the Suns despite guard Russell Westbrook’s fourth triple-double of the season. Westbrook had 39 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds but was just 12-of-38 from the field – and 1-of-10 from 3-point range – and missed a tying layup with 6.9 seconds left in overtime. All-Star small forward Kevin Durant (foot) will miss his fifth straight game, and recent acquisition Kyle Singler started in his place against the Suns but had just seven points in 22 minutes.

TV:
10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), CSN Northwest (Portland)

ABOUT THE THUNDER (32-26): Oklahoma City received some scoring punch off the bench from guards Dion Waiters and D.J. Augustin as the club looks for ways to make up the loss of offense due to Durant’s absence. Waiters had 16 points against the Suns and is averaging 14.3 points over the last four games, while Augustin had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting versus Phoenix after being just 6-of-22 from the field in the previous three games. Recent acquisition Enes Kanter also has played well in his first four games with the club by averaging 15.8 points and nine rebounds.

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (37-19): Shooting guard Wesley Matthews moved on from a horrid 0-of-7 shooting outing against the Memphis Grizzlies last Sunday by scoring a season-best 31 points in Wednesday’s victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Matthews was 11-of-18 from the field and made four 3-pointers while reaching the 30-point mark for the eighth time in his career but the first since Nov. 23, 2012. “It took a while but you’ve got to keep shooting it,” Matthews told reporters. “My teammates were finding me and had confidence in me, and my confidence never wavered.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Portland has won four of the past six meetings.

2. Oklahoma City is just 13-18 on the road after losing to the Suns.

3. Trail Blazers PF LaMarcus Aldridge has scored 20 or more points in five of the past six games against the Thunder.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 113, Thunder 110
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Oklahoma City 32-26 L1 19-8 13-18 20-9 12-17 7-4 18-18
Portland 37-19 W1 24-6 13-13 1-1 36-18 7-2 19-13
Last Meeting
Oklahoma City Portland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/23/14 POR 115 OKC 111 111 53 45.5 115 46 41.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 40 47.1 7
Portland D. Lillard 40 52.4 10
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma City S. Adams 11 4 7
Portland L. Aldridge 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 6
Portland D. Lillard 11
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 1226 42.8 349
Portland D. Lillard 1249 43.5 259
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma City S. Ibaka 474 129 345
Portland L. Aldridge 532 132 400
Assists Player  
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 392
Portland D. Lillard 359
Quickchart Matchup
Oklahoma City Off vs  Portland Defense
101.5 Points For
97.2 Points Against
44.3 FG%
43.2 FG%
47.4 Reb
45.2 Reb
Portland Off vs  Oklahoma City Defense
102.1 Points For
98.8 Points Against
44.4 FG%
42.8 FG%
45.2 Reb
43.2 Reb