San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Trail Blazers: Prediction, Key Players, Injuries

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night at the AT&T Center.

The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.

This is the second matchup between the two teams. The Trail Blazers won the first matchup on Monday 108-95.

How will the Spurs fare against the Trail Blazers? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key players to predict the outcome of the game!

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are 17-9 overall and 8-3 at home. They are coming off a difficult 117-116 triple overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The game was truly a classic as Tim Duncan and Marc Gasol both made shots at the buzzer to extend the game. Tony Parker (hamstring) and Kawhi Leonard (right hand bruise) missed the game. Tim Duncan had a huge game for the Spurs, going for 23 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are 20-6 overall and 8-4 on the road. They are coming off 104-97 win at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 29 points and 7 assists.

Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard- Kawhi Leonard is out with a bruise on his right hand.

Tony Parker- Tony Parker is out with a mild strain left hamstring.

Patty Mills- Patty Mills remains out with a right shoulder injury.

Portland Trail Blazers

Nicolas Batum– Nicolas Batum is questionable with a left knee contusion and right wrist injury.

Robin Lopez– Robin Lopez is out with a broken right hand.

Players to Watch For Portland Trail Blazers

Thomas Robinson– It’s clear that the stars in Portland are Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, but Thomas Robinson is a player to watch. With the injury to Lopez, Robinson’s role has grown significantly. On Wednesday got his first career start and did a terrific job. Robinson went for 15 points and 16 rebounds in 29 minutes.

Wesley Matthews– Wesley Matthews is an elite defender that can shoot the lights out. Matthews is averaging 16.3 points this season on 49% field goals and 39% threes. With Batum being questionable for tonight’s game, Matthews can be in line for a big game.

Prediction

34. 101. 29. . 104

With Leonard and Parker missing the game, I believe the Trail Blazers will sneak out of San Antonio with a one possession victory. Lillard has a big edge over Cory Joseph, which will prove to be the difference in the game.

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