Friday's contest will be the second leg of a back-to-back for the Portland Trail Blazers (14-10) and will be the first meeting against the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-16) during the 2020-21 season. The final matchup will come during the Second Half of the season.
The Cavs won the only game between the two last seasons, 110-104, in Cleveland on Nov. 23, 2019. But, Portland has won three of their last four matchups.
The Blazers will once again be without CJ McCollum (left midfoot fracture), Jusuf Nurkic (right wrist fracture) and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) as they wrap-up their three-game homestand Friday.
Cleveland is dealing with some injuries of its own.
Matthew Dellavedova (head; concussion), Kevin Love (right calf; strain), Larry Nance Jr. (left hand; fracture) and Marques Bolden (G League - two-way) are out vs. the Blazers.
After Thursday's 118-114 win over the Sixers Thursday night, the Blazers improved to 7-5 at home.
Following Thursday’s game, our Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes discussed the total team effort against Philadelphia:
The Trail Blazers should petition for a change of venue.
If the Philadelphia 76ers are the best team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, Portland would do just fine in the East -- at least if beating the Sixers twice in a week means anything.
And to Portland, it certainly does. The two wins may have been the best games the team has played this season.
The Trail Blazers did it with balance and three-point shooting, knocking down 17 of their 38 shots behind the arc and getting significant contributions from all nine who played en route to a 118-114 win.
“I told the team this,” Coach Terry Stotts said. “Everyone -- we played nine guys -- and every one of them made a substantial contribution to the game. You go up and down the roster:
“Derrick Jones, who got in early foul trouble, was a big part of what we did in the fourth quarter. Robert Covington obviously made the play (at the end of the game). And Enes Kanter continues to just do what he does -- he goes after every rebound -- and he took three stitches tonight.
“Gary Trent keeps making shots, Dame is Dame and then our bench. I’d really like to mention Harry Giles. I thought the energy he gave throughout his minutes on the floor... He gave a lot of energy. He got in foul trouble, but it didn't deter him from playing, I thought the energy Harry Giles gave was terrific.
“And obviously, the other guys who got in the game -- Rodney and Anthony and Melo. So it's one of those games from a coaching standpoint, it's easy to point to every guy on the floor -- every guy who played, and what they were able to contribute.”
The Trail Blazers held the lead a good part of the game, opening with a stretch of hitting seven of their first eight three-pointers.
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The Blazers are -3.5 point favorites against the Cavs, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
Here’s what you need to know about Friday’s matchup --
- Damian Lillard led Portland in that Nov. 23 matchup with 23 points (7-20 FG, 4-9 3-PT, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists and one block. Lillard has scored at least 20 points in five consecutive games opposite Cleveland and is averaging 7.3 assists over his 14 career games against the Cavaliers - his second-highest average against any opponent.
- Rodney Hood finished with 11 points on 5-of-8 from the field (1-2 3-PT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 minutes on Nov. 23, 2019. Hood has scored in double figures in six of his eight career games against Cleveland.
- Carmelo Anthony had 11 points (5-15 FG, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and two steals against the Cavaliers on Nov. 23, 2019. Anthony had finished with at least 20 points in each of his three matchups with Cleveland prior to Nov. 23.
- In the same game, Collin Sexton recorded 19 points (7-14 FG, 5-6 FT), four rebounds and three steals over 32 minutes. Sexton is averaging 13.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists over three career games against the Trail Blazers.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: -3.5 (-110) – Cavaliers: +3.5 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Friday, February 12
Where: Moda Center | Portland, Oregon
Start time: 7:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers
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