NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 15th (All times eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (20-43) at New Jersey Nets (34-28), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets open a three-game homestand tonight when they host the Portland Trail Blazers at Continental Airlines Arena.
New Jersey, seeded third in the Eastern Conference, has won two in a row after a two-game slide. The Nets own a 3 1/2 game lead over second place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.
The Nets posted a 90-77 win on Monday versus the Houston Rockets. Vince Carter scored 29 points and Jason Kidd had a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at the Toyota Center.
Clifford Robinson netted 15 points, while Richard Jefferson had 12 points and eight boards for the Nets.
After the Nets host Portland, they will welcome the Los Angles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks to the eEadowlands.
New Jersey is 15-3 in its last 18 home games and 19-9 as the host in 2005-06.
The Trail Blazers play the second of a four-game road trip. On Tuesday, Ben Gordon led a balanced Chicago attack with 23 points and seven rebounds, as the Bulls crushed Portland, 95-66, at the United Center.
Zach Randolph was the lone double-figure scorer in the loss to the Bulls for Portland with 25 points. The Blazers, who shot 35.1 percent from the field, were held to a season-low in points and lost for the 15th time in 18 games overall.
Portland, which will also visit Cleveland and Milwaukee on the current swing is a brutal 6-26 on the road this season.
In the first meeting of the season between New Jersey and Portland on January 27th, Juan Dixon scored 26 points for the Trail Blazers before being ejected late in the game during an 88-83 victory at the Rose Garden.
The Trail Blazers have lost three of their last four at New Jersey.
03/15 10:46:02 ET