POR vs SAC Dream11: Two teams clearly struggling this season will bump into each other as Portland Trail Blazers host Sacramento Kings at Moda Center, on Thursday morning (IST). One team is certain to win here as a result, but who is likely to come out on top?
Who will win today match: Form and the recent result:
Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers will be more disappointed from their sort of catatonic start to the new season. For a team which went all the way to the Western Conference finals, and headed into the new season with near about the same roster, the 8-13 return on the season is just non-acceptable. It doesn't bode well for the immediate future of the franchise as well, for they have Damian Lillard, who alone for this astounding numbers, deserve to at least be in the team challenging for the playoffs. And if that is not the case with the Blazers, he may have to seek a new challenge.
As things stand, Portland are 11th in West. But the season is long, and enough games to make up for the lost ground. Portland should be fine in the end.
Sacramento Kings: For Sacramento Kings, the target should be to remain relevant for as long as it takes and possible. Because the Kings are certainly an outfit for the future. It is one of the youngest squad in the NBA and needs time to nurture into a formidable force.
Still, the Kings have flattered to deceive at most. They certainly can do better and should do than what they have been so far in the season.
Portland Trail Blazers have reigned over the Sacramento Kings in this particular matchup. They have won an incredible 134 games out of the total 234 encounters.
Total Games: 214
Portland Trail Blazers: 134
Sacramento Kings: 80
Even the most recent meetings have gone to Blazers, with the team from Portland winning 14 times in the last 18 games.
Portland wins: 14
Sacramento wins: 04
Host: Portland Trail Blazers
Visitors: Sacramento Kings
Match Timing: December 05, @08:30 AM
Venue: Moda Center
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Damian Lillard: No player in this game has the numbers as impressive as his. He is just phenomenal and is somebody who can single-handedly turn the game on its head at any points in the match.
Points Per Game: 26.7
Rebounds Per Game: 4.6
Assists Per Game: 7.3
Steals Per Game: 1.1
Blocks Per Game: 0.5
Buddy Hield: Though the Kings lost the game, he had a very good game against the Chicago Bulls. Never leaves the court without having an impact on the scoring charts.
Points Per Game: 20.8
Rebounds Per Game: 4.6
Assists Per Game: 2.5
Steals Per Game: 0.8
Blocks Per Game: 0.4
Harrison Barnes: His number may not be high, but he is very consistent and offers a very good value.
Points Per Game: 16.7
Rebounds Per Game: 4.9
Assists Per Game: 2.0
Steals Per Game: 0.8
Blocks Per Game: 0.2
CJ McCollum: More than capable of outscoring his big brother and esteemed partner Damian Lillard. If you are ready to take the risk, he could be the player to put your wager on.
Points Per Game: 21.9
Rebounds Per Game: 4.5
Assists Per Game: 3.8
Steals Per Game: 0.7
Blocks Per Game: 0.8
Portland Trail Blazers Team News: Gary Trent Jr. (muscle injury) was expected to be involved against the Clippers in the last game but was held out. He may be more ready to return in this game.
In addition, Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic both remain out of contention for the Blazers at this moment. Collins is recovering from a shoulder injury, while Nurkic has missed all the games this season due to a leg injury.
Portland Trail Blazers squad: Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony, CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Hassan Whiteside, Skal Labissière, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja, Rodney Hood
Sacramento Kings Team news: Marvin Bagley is out with a finger injury and De'Aaron Fox will miss the game due to an ankle injury. No other injury problems for the Kings ahead of this game.
Trevor Ariza made a return to the matchday squad following a groin injury and 12 minutes in the match.
Sacramento Kings squad: Nemanja Bjelica, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Trevor Ariza, Harrison Barnes, Dewayne Dedmon, Harry Giles III, Buddy Hield, Caleb Swanigan, Richaun Holmes, Justin James, Cory Joseph
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Portland Trail Blazers:
PF: Rodney Hood
SF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Hassan Whiteside
PG: Damian Lillard
SG: CJ McCollum
PF: Nemanja Bjelica
SF: Harrison Barnes
C: Richaun Holmes
PG: Cory Joseph
SG: Buddy Hield
Portland Trail Blazers: Kent Bazemore, Nassir Little, Skal Labissiere, Mario Hezonja, Gary Trent Jr., Anfernee Simons
Sacramento Kings: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Yogi Ferrell, Dewayne Dedmon, Harry Giles, Trevor Ariza
This is an ideal game for both the teams as both are struggling and lack consistency. Since Portland are at home, backing them looks a good bet.