Thursday marks the first of a back-to-back at home for the Portland Trail Blazers (13-10).
It will also be a rematch between the Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers (18-7).
Last Tuesday, the shorthanded Blazers, with just nine players on the active list, went into Philadelphia and handed the Sixers their second home loss of the season.
Gary Trent Jr. led the way with 24 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists in the 121-105 victory.
And fans should expect another high-scoring contest Thursday.
The Trail Blazers and 76ers both rank in the top-10 in the league in scoring. Portland ranks sixth, averaging 114.5 points per game, while Philadelphia is eighth with 114.3.
Ahead of Thursday’s matchup, our Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes discussed how this rematch will most likely be an extremely difficult one for the Blazers:
It was just a week ago when the Trail Blazers marched into Philadelphia, without Damian Lillard, as well as all their other injured players, and pummeled the Eastern Conference-leading 76ers 121-105.
It was a terrific performance by the undermanned Blazers and perhaps the worst game of the season for the Sixers, who came into the game with a 10-1 home record.
But now, just a week later, here comes Philadelphia into Portland, presumably ready to avenge a loss that had to be just a little embarrassing.
"They played with amazing heart," Philadelphia Coach Doc Rivers said of the Trail Blazers after the game.
But the Sixers are one of the league's best teams and that game must still be nagging at them.
“I would expect that they will have it fresh in their minds,” Portland Coach Terry Stotts said. “You know, they let one get away at home, and I would expect them to come out and play an impactful game.”
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The Blazers are +5.5 point underdogs against the Sixers, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.
Here’s what you need to know about Thursday’s matchup --
- Carmelo Anthony recorded what was then a season-high 22 points (8-14 FG, 3-4 3-PT, 3-4 FT) to go with four rebounds and a season-high five assists at Philadelphia on Feb. 4. Anthony has finished with 20+ points in each of his last two games against the 76ers, and in six of his last nine.
- CJ Elleby finished with career highs of 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes at Philadelphia on Feb. 4. It was his first game of his career playing double-digit minutes.
- Joel Embiid has recorded at least 28 points in three of his last four games against the Trail Blazers, and made a career-high six three-pointers against Portland on Dec. 28, 2017.
- Tobias Harris had 12 points (5-14 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds and five assists on Feb. 4 against Portland. Harris recorded his career-high in scoring against the Trail Blazers, with 39 points on Dec. 17, 2018 while with the Clippers.
POINT SPREAD: -- Trail Blazers: +5.5 (-110) – : -5.5 76ers (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Thursday, February 11
Where: Moda Center | Portland, Oregon
Start time: 7:00 p.m. PT
TV channel: TNT
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