With all eyes on the Western Conference standings, two of the top teams in the West will battle it out Thursday night in Phoenix.
After averaging 125 points per game and going 9-1 over their last 10 contests, the Portland Trail Blazers (41-29) will visit the Phoenix Suns (48-21).
The Suns lead the season series, 2-0.
A win tonight also means Portland will likely face the Nuggets or Clippers in the first-round.
Portland is 6-4 in its last 10 meetings against Phoenix.
Thursday, the Trail Blazers are +5 point underdogs against the Suns, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: +5 (-110) – Suns: -5 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Thursday, May 13
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena | Phoenix, AZ
Start time: 7:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The Blazers will be without Zach Collins (left ankle).
For Phoenix, Cameron Johnson (right wrist; sprain) and Abdel Nader (right knee; arthroscopy) are out.
Projected starting lineup:
For the Blazers –
- Damian Lillard
- CJ McCollum
- Norman Powell
- Robert Covington
- Jusuf Nurkic
For the Suns –
- Jae Crowder
- Mikal Bridges
- DeAndre Ayton
- Chris Paul
- Devin Booker
What happened last time:
Phoenix won the last meeting between the two, 127-121, back on March 11.
In the loss, Damian Lillard led Portland with 30 points to go along with seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals, while Devin Booker led Phoenix with 35 points.
Chris Paul added 19 points, five rebounds, and seven assists.