Friday's game is the halfway mark for the Portland Trail Blazers (34-28) on their six-game road trip.
As they prepare to take on the top team in the East, the Brooklyn Nets (43-20), the Blazers will once again face an undermanned squad.
The Trail Blazers are coming off blowout victories over the shorthanded Indiana Pacers and the physical Memphis Grizzlies, while the Nets are looking for their fifth straight victory Friday, but they'll be without two of their superstars.
The Nets have listed Kevin Durant (left hamstring – injury management), Nicolas Claxton (health and safety protocols), Bruce Brown (knee), Spencer Dinwiddie (right knee), James Harden (right hamstring), and Chris Chiozza (right hand) as OUT.
Brooklyn is coming off a 130-113 victory Thursday night over the Pacers, but Brooklyn was without Harden and Kyrie Irving (groin).
Now the Nets will get Irving back, but since they’re playing in a back-to-back they lose Durant due injury management.
In 27 games this season, Durant is averaging 27.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists.
Friday, the Trail Blazers will be without Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture).
Portland is -2 point favorites against Brooklyn, odds provided by our partner PointsBet.