The Portland Trail Blazers will take a short break Wednesday night when they play Phoenix.
The Suns will be without shooting guard Devin Booker (health and safety protocols) and point guard Chris Paul (broken thumb).
This news will certainly give the Blazers a better chance of stealing the upset. However, Cameron Payne has proven to be a very capable playmaker and Booker’s absence will only free up shots for Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges.
Johnson is averaging 12.3 points per game and shooting 43.2 percent on three. Bridges are averaging 13.4 points shooting 53.3% from the field and 35.8% from three.
Even with the two injuries, the Suns are the 11-point favorites. And that makes sense considering the Blazers still have major holes inside at center and up front with Jusuf Nurkic and Justise Winslow.
The Blazers enter tonight tied with New Orleans (25-36) for 10th place in the Western Conference standings. The Pelicans host Sacramento (23-40) Wednesday night.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS AT PHOENIX SUNS
What: Trail Blazers (25-36) at Suns (49-12), 7 p.m. Wednesday
Or: Footprint Center, Phoenix
Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM)
TV channel: Root Sports (in Portland: Comcast 734/34; DirecTV 687) and ESPN (735/35, DirectTV 206).
Watch the game live online: You can watch this game live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game on DirecTV Stream’s “CHOICE” package (promotional offers), if you are out of fuboTV trials, or just prefer this platform and its pricing plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider that broadcasts Root Sports and want to watch it online, you can watch this game live on Root Sports Live.
Money line: ORP +460 | DEN-670
Spread: PHX-11 | More less : 224.5
Blazers: Eric Bledsoe (left Achilles; tendinopathy), Joe Ingles (left knee recovery), Damien Lillard (central muscle recovery), Nassir Petit (left shoulder recovery), Didi Louzada (left knee recovery), Jusuf Nurkic (left foot; plantar fasciitis) and Justise Winslow (Achilles rectus; pain) came out.
Suns: Cameron Payne (right wrist; sprain) is probable; Frank Kaminsky (right knee; stress reaction), Chris Paul (right thumb; avulsion fracture) and Dario Saric (right ACL; tear) came out.
The Blazers’ four-game road trip continues with games Saturday and Monday at Minnesota followed by a March 9 game at Utah. The Blazers next play at home on March 12 against Washington.
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