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Portland Trail Blazers (30-38) vs. Houston Rockets (41-24)
Tuesday, August 4 – 6:00 p.m. PT
Blazers injuries: Rodney Hood (out), Trevor Ariza (opted out), Caleb Swanigan (opted out)
Rockets injuries: Eric Gordon (out), Thabo Sefolosha (opted out)
How to watch on TV: NBCSNW, TNT
How to stream: Blazer’s Edge Streaming Guide
Radio: 620 AM
SBN Affiliate: The Dream Shake
After a rough loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, the Portland Trail Blazers are looking for a win. The San Antonio Spurs passed the Blazers in the standings after their win on Sunday and took the 9th seed. Portland is currently half a game out of the 9th seed and two games back from the 8th-seeded Memphis Grizzlies.
What to watch for
Portland’s height advantage. The Houston Rockets are a small team right now. The tallest player that has registered minutes for Houston in their first two bubble games is Jeff Green, who is 6’8”. Portland currently has three healthy centers in Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins and Hassan Whiteside, all 7’0”. Height has proven to be an asset for the Blazers in the bubble, and it should serve them well against a shorter Houston team.
The three-point line. Damian Lillard is a masterful 3-point shooter. We have seen more 3’s from CJ McCollum, Gary Trent Jr., and Nurkic as well. However, Portland’s defense against the 3-point line has struggled. The Rockets are going to rely on their 3-point shooting, and if the Trail Blazers can keep that under control, they should be able to get the win.
Gary Trent Jr. I’m anticipating more minutes in this game for Trent Jr. He has become an asset for Portland in the bubble, and was proving himself to be even before the shutdown. But with Houston relying so heavily on Russell Westbrook and James Harden, I expect to see Coach Stotts giving him lots of playing time. His energy and contributions both on offense and defense could be a huge boost for the Trail Blazers