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National Basketball Association
Preview
Portland at Sacramento
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, October 31, 2014
Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California

LaMarcus Aldridge looks to continue his stellar start to the season when the Portland Trail Blazers hit the road to face the Sacramento Kings on Friday. The All-Star forward scored 27 points as the Trail Blazers overcame a slow start to surge past the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-89 to win their 14th straight home opener. Portland has beaten Sacramento in four of the last five meetings, but the last two games have been decided by a combined five points.

The Kings opened the 2014-15 campaign with a lackluster 95-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Sacramento committed 26 turnovers, shot 30.8 percent from the field and was held to just 28 points in the second half as the Kings fell for the first time in their last 14 home openers. "Offensively, I'm very disappointed in the effort," coach Michael Malone told reporters. "We looked very similar to the Sacramento Kings of last season."

TV: 10 p.m. ET, Comcast (Sacramento), CSN Northwest (Portland)

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (1-0): Meyers Leonard missed the season opener with an upper respiratory illness and is not expected to travel with the team to Sacramento. Damian Lillard missed his first seven shots before finishing with 10 points, including two clutch 3-pointers in the fourth quarter against the Thunder. "It was a rough start to the game," Lillard admitted to reporters. "I just wanted to keep my mind right and impact the game somehow and the most important thing is we got the win."

ABOUT THE KINGS (0-1): DeMarcus Cousins was plagued by foul trouble, but still managed to notch a double-double with a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to the Warriors. Nik Stauskas, who was picked eighth overall in the 2014 draft, went 2-of-7 from the 3-point line and finished with nine points in his Sacramento debut. The Kings recently broke ground on their new $477 million downtown arena that is slated for completion by the start of the 2016-17 season.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Trail Blazers were 3-1 versus the Kings last season with their lone loss coming at Sleep Train Arena.

2. Cousins holds the record for the most double-doubles in a single season in the Sacramento era with 53 last year.

3. Lillard scored a career-high 41 points versus the Kings on Jan.7.

PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 102, Kings 90
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Portland 1-0 W2 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0
Sacramento 0-1 L1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1
Last Meeting
Portland Sacramento
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/9/14 SAC 99 POR 100 100 43 50.7 99 45 42.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Portland L. Aldridge 22 45.0 4
Sacramento D. Cousins 30 48.3 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Portland R. Lopez 9 2 7
Sacramento D. Cousins 12 3 9
Assists Player  
Portland D. Lillard 10
Sacramento R. McCallum 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Portland L. Aldridge 94 48.6 21
Sacramento D. Cousins 114 60.7 40
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Portland C. Kaman 45 8 37
Sacramento R. Evans 51 17 34
Assists Player  
Portland S. Blake 26
Sacramento D. Collison 37
Quickchart Matchup
Portland Off vs  Sacramento Defense
106.0 Points For
95.0 Points Against
44.8 FG%
44.0 FG%
42.0 Reb
44.0 Reb
Sacramento Off vs  Portland Defense
77.0 Points For
89.0 Points Against
30.8 FG%
40.7 FG%
44.0 Reb
43.0 Reb