Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction & Match Preview – March 11, 2021, | NBA Season 2020-21
The Phoenix Suns will put their 24-11 record to the test when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on Thursday.
The Phoenix Suns are second in the Western Conference, just two and a half games behind the league-leading Utah Jazz. Chris Paul is coming off an excellent performance Sunday when he became the NBA All-Star Game’s all-time assist provider. He will lead the Suns when they face All-Star teammate Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Portland Trail Blazers are currently on a three-game winning streak. They will look to extend it when they face the red-hot Suns, who have won four straight games and seven of their last eight meetings.
Fixture – Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers | 2020-21 NBA Season
Date & Time – Thursday, March 11th, 10:00 PM ET (Friday, March 12th, 8:30 AM IST)
Venue – Moda Center, Portland, OR
Phoenix Suns preview
The Phoenix Suns have only lost three times since Feb. 1 and are hot on the heels of the Utah Jazz for the best record in the league.
Chris Paul has provided the Suns with the leadership they have lacked in recent seasons and created a winning atmosphere within the franchise.
Since Feb. 1, the Phoenix Suns have been third in offensive rating at 119.8, just a few percentage points behind the second-place Brooklyn Nets. They were also eighth in defensive rating at 109.3 during that stretch.
If they keep up their strong offensive and defensive efforts, the Phoenix Suns may soon take the lead in the Western Conference.
Portland Trail Blazers preview
The Portland Trail Blazers have turned their fortunes after a recent four-game losing streak, winning their last three games before the All-Star break.
C.J. McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Harry Giles, and Zach Collins are not yet available to play, but the week-long break should have given the other Blazers time to rest their tired bodies from carrying the extra load.
Players like Gary Trent Jr., Robert Covington, and Carmelo Anthony have stepped up in the absence of their injured teammates, but they can only do so much.
The Portland Trail Blazers’ playoff push is on the line, and they’ll need everyone to be healthy soon. Despite all the injuries, the Trail Blazers are fifth in the Western Conference and have the eighth-most efficient offense in the league at 113.0.
The Portland Trail Blazers will face a monster in the form of the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. However, they have shown that they are capable of defeating some of the best teams in the league this season.
Suns vs Blazers match prediction
The Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers have their respective winning streaks up for grabs when they meet on Thursday. A team’s streak will be broken and it will be interesting to see which one it will be.
The marquee showdown will be a head-to-head between All-Star point guards Chris Paul and Damian Lillard. Both players are the leaders of their respective squads and their performances will largely determine the outcome of this game.
However, Paul has more support behind him compared to Lillard, whose injury-ravaged team is outlasting. The Phoenix Suns will likely take home the victory against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Where to watch Suns vs Blazers
The Phoenix Suns-Portland Trail Blazers showdown will be televised locally on FOX Sports Arizona and NBC Sports Northwest. International audiences can watch the game live on NBA League Pass.