PHX vs POR Dream11: Two teams struggling for positive results and consistency bump into each other as Portland Trail Blazers face Phoneix Suns on the road in this crunch East vs West matchup at Talking Stick Resort Arena, in Arizona, on Tuesday morning (IST).
Form and recent results:
If the last season is a parameter for both the teams, then the Phoenix Suns are certainly in the ascendency and a team with the most improved performance rating this season. After all, the Suns were the worst team in the NBA last season, well they have been for quite some time now. So have an 11-14 return on the season and sit on the fringes of the playoff spots, is certainly a step up for the Suns. The view on the table would have been even better for the Sun had they not lost seven times in the last 10 matches. As for the latest game, the Suns lost 119-121 at home against the San Antonio Spurs.
Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, have taken the route down and South this season. From challenging for the Western Conference premiership last season and a regular fixture in the post-seaosn, the Blazers are toiling to even be relevant in the playoff scrimmage. The Blazers lost 114-99 to Denver Nuggets in the last match and now have 10-16 return on the season.
Fantasy Basketball – Head-to-head:
Total Games: 226
Phoenix Suns: 120
Portland Trail Blazers: 106
Phoenix Suns will host Portland Trail Blazers at Talking Stick Resort Arena in what is a matchup between two Western Conference teams. The match will start at 07:30 AM, December 17, Tuesday morning (IST).
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Damian Lillard: His form has been a tad more up and down in recent weeks, and that's strange considering the high standards he has set throughout his playing career. Still, he is the best and the most consistent players for the Blazers:
CJ McCollum: And the same can be said about McCollum who has not been playing as you would expect. But again, he is a big game and a superstar player.
Hassan Whiteside: Arguably the most complete player for the Blazers this season. He is an absolute monster inside the pain and is very good on offence.
Devin Booker: The result of the game will depend a great deal on the availability of Devon Booker. He is the Suns' best player and the best bet in any game.
Kelly Oubre Jr: His passing has been a tad average, but he compensates it with his presence inside the paint. He is also the 2nd best active offensive player for the Suns.
Suns' impact players:
Dario Saric: He is leading the team in rebounds per game and is also averaging in double-digits.
Ricky Rubio: Leads the team in assists charts, and is more than handy with his scoring.
Phoenix Suns team news:
Status out: Deandre Ayton serves the last of his 25-game ban against the Blazers and will be eligible to play in the next match against the Los Angeles Clippers. The 21-year-old was banned by the NBA for using a banned substance.
Status Questionable: Devin Booker missed the defeat to San Antonio Spurs due to an arm injury but has been upgraded for the next tilt against the Portland Trail Blazers. He will be evaluated before the game.
Dario Saric has been listed as questionable for the match against the Blazers due to a lower back issue. Cameron Johnson will also be a game-time decision.
Expected Phoneix Suns squad to face Blazers: Devin Booker (Questionable), Mikal Bridges, Jevon Carter, Aron Baynes, Elie Okobo, Tyler Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre Jr., Frank Kaminsky, Cheick Diallo, Dario Saric, Frank Kaminsky
Portland Trail Blazers team news:
Status out: Zach Collins (shoulder injury), Rodney Hood (Achilles tendon injury) and Jusuf Nurkic (leg injury) remain the existing absentee for the Blazers ahead of this game.
Status Questionable: Nassir Little missed the match against Denver Nuggets due to a back injury. He will be monitored before the game.
Portland Trail Blazers expected squad to face the Suns: Carmelo Anthony, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Anfernee Simons, Anthony Tolliver, Hassan Whiteside, Skal Labissière, Mario Hezonja, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little (Questionable)
PF: Kelly Oubre Jr.
SF: Dario Saric
C: Frank Kaminsky
PG: Devin Booker / Mikal Bridges
SG: Ricky Rubio
Portland Trail Blazers:
PF: Kent Bazemore
SF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Hassan Whiteside
PG: Damian Lillard
SG: CJ McCollum
Phoenix Suns: Cameron Johnson, Aron Baynes, Tyler Johnson, Elie Ekobo
Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons, Anthony Tolliver, Gary Trent Jr., Skal Labissiere, Nassir Little, Mario Hezonja, Jaylen Hoard