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Phoenix faces Portland, aims to end 5-game slide

January 24, 2019

Portland Trail Blazers (29-20, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (11-38, 15th in the Western Conference)

Phoenix; Thursday, 9 p.m. Eastern

BOTTOM LINE: Phoenix heads into the matchup with Portland after losing five games in a row.

The Suns are 7-22 in Western Conference games. Phoenix is 4-24 in games decided by 10 points or more.

The Trail Blazers have gone 16-17 against Western Conference opponents. Portland ranks second in the NBA with 48.1 rebounds per game, led by Jusuf Nurkic averaging 10.4. In their last meeting on Dec. 6, the Trail Blazers won 108-86. Damian Lillard led Portland with 25 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Devin Booker ranks first on the Suns with 2.1 made 3-pointers and averages 24.2 points while shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc. Kelly Oubre Jr. has scored 16.9 points and collected five rebounds while shooting 47.3 percent over the last 10 games for Phoenix.

Nurkic is first on the Trail Blazers with 10.4 rebounds and averages 15.1 points. Lillard has scored 24.8 points and collected 4.1 rebounds while shooting 42.9 percent over the last 10 games for Portland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Trail Blazers: 7-3, averaging 117.2 points, 46.6 rebounds, 26.7 assists, 6.3 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 48.6 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.2 points on 46.4 percent shooting.

Suns: 2-8, averaging 106.1 points, 37.1 rebounds, 23.9 assists, 9.9 steals and 7.2 blocks per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting.

Suns Injuries: Deandre Ayton: out (ankle), Richaun Holmes: out (foot).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.

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