Portland Trail Blazers host Atlanta Hawks: Game preview – OregonLive.com
Atlanta Hawks (24-8) at Trail Blazers (26-7)
7 p.m. Saturday at Moda Center
TV on CSN (Comcast 37); radio on KPOJ (620)
|0||Jeff Teague||6-2||PG||16.9 ppg, 7.0 apg|
|26||Kyle Korver||6-7||SG||13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg|
|5||Demarre Carroll||6-8||SF||11.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg|
|4||Paul Millsap||6-8||PF||16.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg|
|15||Al Horford||6-10||C||14.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg|
|0||Damian Lillard||6-3||PG||21.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.4 apg|
|2||Wesley Matthews||6-5||SG||16.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg|
|88||Nicolas Batum||6-8||SF||9.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.9 apg|
|12||LaMarcus Aldridge||6-11||PF||22.9 ppg, 10.7 rpg|
|19||Joel Freeland||6-10||C||3.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg|
*Stats updated through Thursday, Jan. 1.
About the Blazers: Portland won its fourth consecutive game 102-97 in overtime against Toronto Raptors at Moda Center on Tuesday. …In the win over Toronto, the Blazers ended the game on a 19-10 run in the final 7:58 and erased a 13-point deficit to force overtime. …It was Portland’s ninth win of the season when trailing by 10-plus points in a game. …The Blazers also improved to 5-1 when losing after three quarters at home. …Damian Lillard will play in his 198th consecutive game when he takes the court on Saturday against the Hawks and move into a tie for second place with Terry Porter for most consecutive games played in franchise history. Cliff Robinson (461) holds the all-time record for consecutive games…The Blazers are currently 3rd overall in defensive efficiency allowing 98.6 points per 100 possessions. …One of the key reasons for Portland’s defensive success has been defending the three point line. …The Blazers allow the second fewest opponent three point attempts a game (17.7) and have the lowest opponent three point field goal percentage (29.1) in the league. …The Hawks are seventh in three-pointer attempts and shoot 36.9 percent, the eighth best percentage in the league….Terry Stotts coached the Hawks from 2002-2004 finishing with a 52-85 record, he is 3-1 against Atlanta while coaching the Blazers.
About the Hawks: Atlanta comes to Portland on the second night of back-to-back games after beating the Jazz 98-92 in Utah on Friday night. …Point guard Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 26 points and 8 assists and three steals as the Hawks won their third straight game. It was also the Hawks sixth straight game against a Western Conference opponent. …aul Millsap finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists against the Jazz. …On the year Millsap is averaging 16.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals. … The versatile forward is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals this season. …Sharp shooter Kyle Korver made one three-pointers against the Jazz giving him 1600 for his career. …Korver is shooting 50 percent from three this season. Korver (92) is third in the NBA in three-pointers behind Portland’s Wesley Matthews (101) and Damian Lillard (91). …The Hawks rank third in the NBA in assists at 25.6 per game and 20 games of at least 25-plus assists this season, including five 30-assist nights. …Atlanta also leads the league in assist percentage, 67.8 percent of the team’s baskets come off assists. …The Hawks have posted a 10-5 road record this year, the third best road mark in the Eastern Conference and are currently on a five-game road winning streak.
Series history: The Trail Blazers lead the all-time series 53-51 and have won three straight games over Atlanta. Portland swept the season series against Atlanta last year for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Hawks last win over the Blazers came on Nov. 11, 2012.
Injuries: For Portland, Robin Lopez is out with a fractured right hand.