The Phoenix Suns enter Friday’s matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers with one loss. But that came at the hands of the Blazers in the second game of the season. Portland has gone on to build an impressive record and leads the Northwest Division. Will Phoenix exact revenge, or will the Trail Blazers take an unlikely 2-0 lead in the season series?
Portland 2-0 ATS on the Road
The Trail Blazers are off to a hot start at 5-2 and remain unbeaten on the road. Even without star Damien Lillard, Portland is still winning. But they have not faced a team as good as the Suns since the last time they played the Suns and will be woefully outgunned if Lillard misses Friday’s game.
Without Lillard, Anfernee Simmons and Jusuf Nurkic have picked up some of the slack. Simmons dropped 30 on the Rockets last Friday night, while Nurkic had 27 with 15 boards.
The Trail Blazers have done well without Lillard, but their luck is about to run out. The Suns have one of the best offenses and defenses in the league and will be hungry to even this series up after an upset loss in the first meeting.
Suns Unbeaten at Home
The Suns were among the preseason favorites to win the NBA championship and are certainly living up to the hype. The Suns lead the Pacific Division and enter Friday at 6-1 and 4-0 at home.
What we like about the Suns is they have an elite player to cover each “primary” stat (points, rebounds, and assists). Devin Booker leads the team in scoring with 29.3 PPG, Deandre Ayton in rebounds (8.2), and Chris Paul in assists (10.8). Paul leads the NBA in dimes and averages over 1.5 steals per game on defense. The Suns are as well-rounded as it gets.
The Suns‘ offense ranks second in the NBA in points per game on offense and 3rd in points per game on defense. They top the league in score margin (+12.3) and shooting percentage (49.3%).
Portland’s defense does not match up well against Phoenix. To be fair, no team does. But the Blazers are one of the worst defenses in the NBA in points in the paint and assists allowed. The Suns rank seventh and second in the categories, respectively.
Trail Blazers vs Suns Head-to-Head
Phoenix won last year’s series 3-1, but Portland took the first game this season 113-111 as +5 underdogs.
Trail Blazers vs Suns Game Information
- Game: Trail Blazers (5-2) vs Suns (6-1)
- Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
- Day/Time: Friday, Nov. 4, 10 p.m. ET
- Trail Blazers vs Suns Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Trail Blazers vs Suns Betting Lines
Trail Blazers vs Suns Prediction
Portland may have taken the first game of this series at home, but we’re not expecting lightning to strike twice. The Suns are a better team and will be motivated to earn some swift revenge over Portland. Don’t expect OT this time around. Bet the Suns to even this series on their home court and cover as favorites.
The Portland Trail Blazers are listed at +400 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Trail Blazers, you have a chance to win $400. The Phoenix Suns are -500, offering a chance to win $20 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Trail Blazers a 20.00% chance to win with the Suns at 83.33%.