Portland Trail Blazers host the still-undefeated Philadelphia 76ers at Moda Center with the hosts looking for their 2nd consecutive and fourth win in five games.
The Blazers opened the season with a home tilt against Denver Nuggets which they lost 100-108, after a no-show from Balzers’ bench and no significant help to Damian Lillard who scored a game-high 32 points in that match.
But Portland returns home with more than satisfactory record on the road, winning three times in four away games. Blazers are 9th on the points-table bu could break into top-seven with a win in this game.
Philadelphia 76ers come into this game with a 4-0 record but they will have to play their next two games without the services of Joel Embiid. The 25-year-old Cameroonian had a skirmish with Karl-Anthony Towns in 76ers’ 117-95 win at Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, on Thursday. Both the players have been handed two-game ban.
The Sixers, though, have a deep roster and will be hard to beat even without Embiid. In Ben Simmons, Al Horford, and Tobias Harris, Philadelphia have both the defence and offence to trouble Blazers.
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Host: Portland Trail Blazers
Visitors: Philadelphia 76ers
Venue: Chase Center
Match Timing: November 03, 07:30 AM
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Portland Trail Blazers vs Philadelphia 76ers predicted five:
Portland Trail Blazers:
PF: Rodney Hood
SF: Anthony Tolliver
C: Hassan Whiteside
PG: Damian Lillard
SG: CJ McCollum
PF: Tobias Harris
SF: Mike Scott
C: Al Horford
PG: Ben Simmons
SG: Josh Richardson
Likely to feature from the bench:
Blazers: Kent Bazemore, Skal Labissiere, Mario Hezonja, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr.
76ers: Furkan Korkmazz, Matisse Thybulle, James Ennis III, Mike Scott, Kyle O’Quinn, Jonah Bolden, Raul Neto
Portland Trail Blazers vs Philadelphia 76ers Team News:
Portland Trail Blazers have ruled out Zach Collins for Sunday’s tilt against Philadelphia 76ers. Collins dislocated his shoulder during Sunday’s win versus Dallas Mavericks.
Meanwhile, former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Paul Gasol remains out due to foot injury, while Jusuf Nurkic is a long-term absentee with a leg injury.
In addition, the hosts could also be without one of their most consistent players this season after Hassan Whiteside suffered a knee injury during the win against OklahomaVCuity Thunder.
Hassan’s knee is sore,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. “He didn’t practice today, but you probably saw him shooting and doing some running. He’ll be evaluated tomorrow. Zach is going under further consultation and we’ll know some more, hopefully, in the next day or two. He won’t play tomorrow.”
Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Hassan Whiteside (doubtful), Skal Labissière, Anfernee Simons, Jusuf Nurkić, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja, Rodney Hood, Jaylen Hoard, Moses Brown
Philadelphia 76ers will miss the services of their superstar Big Man Joel Embiid who serves the first of the two-game ban for a skirmish against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl Anthony-Town. Al Horford is expected to play as a Center as a result.
Josh Richardson missed the practice session due to a sore left big toe. He will be monitored before the game.
Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford, Trey Burke, Zhaire Smith, Raul Neto, Matisse Thybulle, Mike Scott, James Ennis, Furkan Korkmaz, Shake Milton, Jonah Bolden, Norvelle Pelle, Marial Shayok
POR vs PHI Dream11 Today Match Prediction:
Blazers will start the game as favourites.