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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 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on FSSW. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.

The matchup is the third of four between the two teams. The Trail Blazers won the first two meetings. On December 15, the Trail Blazers won 108-95. The second meeting was truly a classic, the Trail Blazers won 129-119 in triple overtime.

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!

Recent Games

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are 24-16 overall and 13-6 at home. The Spurs are coming off a 98-93 win against the Charlotte Hornets on the road. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 27 points.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are 30-9 overall and 12-5 on the road. The Trail Blazers are coming off a 100-94 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers. It was only the Trail Blazers fourth home loss of the season. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 37 points and 12 rebounds.

San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard– Kawhi Leonard will be a game-time decision with a bruise on his right hand.

Marco Belinelli– Marco Belinelli is out with a left groin injury.

Portland Trail Blazers

Robin Lopez– Robin Lopez is out with a right hand injury

Joel Freeland– Joel Freeland is out with a shoulder injury.

Allen Crabbe– Allen Crabbe is questionable with a knee injury.

Players to Watch For Portland Trail Blazers

Since I wrote about Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum in the previous game previews for the Spurs-Trail Blazers game I will talk about other players.

Wesley Matthews– Wesley Matthews is without question one of the most underrated shooting guards in the league, despite being un-drafted. He is a terrific shooter (40% threes) and can defend as almost any shooting guard. He is averaging 16.4 points and 3.5 rebounds.

Chris Kaman– With Robin Lopez out due to injury, Chris Kaman has an even bigger role. Despite being out of his prime, Kaman is still gifted offensively, as he can post up and hit the 15 foot jumper. He is averaging 9.8 points and 6.7 rebounds in 19.7 minutes.

Prediction

106. 29. 102. 34.

Don’t expect a triple overtime classic like last time, but this game will be close. The Spurs will use the possible return of Leonard to spark them and the home crowd will play a part in the Spurs victory over a great team.

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