NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 21st (All times eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (7-5) at Sacramento Kings (5-8), 10:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers begin a quick two-game road trip Friday when they face the Sacramento Kings in Arco Arena.
Brandon Roy scored 20 points and Greg Oden had a successful regular season home debut, as the Blazers dominated the Chicago Bulls to the tune of 116-74 Wednesday at the Rose Garden.
The game marked the first meeting between the top pick in the 2008 and 2007 drafts. Oden, who was playing his first regular season home game one year and 144 days after he was picked in 2007, scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 17 1/2 minutes of action. Chicago's Derrick Rose was picked first in the most recent draft and shot just 1-of-8 for six points on the night.
Oden, who sat out his first season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee, received a standing ovation as he entered the game off the bench in the first quarter.
Joel Przybilla added 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the Blazers, who have won six of eight. LaMarcus Aldridge posted 11 points in the victory.
The Kings were also successful in their last game as John Salmons led five Sacramento players in double figures with 29 points and six assists in the team's 105-96 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in the Big Easy on Wednesday.
Salmons hit a solid 13-of-18 from the floor for the Kings, who snapped a three-game skid as they continue to play without star guard Kevin Martin. Donte Greene, in his first career start, notched 15 points, and Beno Udrih chipped in 14 points and seven assists in the impressive victory.
Brad Miller added 14 points and eight boards for Sacramento, while Bobby Jackson came off the bench to score all eight of his points in the critical fourth quarter.
Martin has missed the past six games for Sacramento with an ankle injury and will be sidelined again tonight. Also, forward Mikki Moore is questionable with a sprained right ankle.
The Kings have won three straight over Portland and four of the last five contests between the two teams.
11/21 10:24:04 ET