NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 28th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (7-7) at Portland Trail Blazers (6-9), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers play the second of a six-game road trip, as they stop off in Portland to face the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Pacers are scheduled to host Portland on December 8th at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Pacers have won five straight in this series. Indiana has won two straight after losing its last four at Portland.
Indiana started the swing on a losing note. On Sunday, All-Star Chris Bosh scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors over the Pacers, 92-83, at Air Canada Centre.
Danny Granger and Stephen Jackson both scored 18 points in the loss to Toronto, while Jermaine O'Neal poured in 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost two of their last three games overall. Jamaal Tinsley netted 15 on 6-of-11 shooting and Al Harrington posted a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Pacers are 3-5 on the road this season. They are scheduled to visit the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Seattle on Friday, Denver on Saturday and the Lakers on December 4th.
Portland attempts to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak, as it plays the second of a four-game homestand. On Sunday, Raja Bell scored 30 points and reigning MVP Steve Nash ended with 23 points and 10 assists to lead the Phoenix Suns over the Trail Blazers, 119-101, at the Rose Garden.
Travis Outlaw recorded a career-high 22 points in the loss to Phoenix to lead the Trail Blazers, who have dropped seven of their last nine games overall. Zach Randolph collected 18 points and nine boards for Portland, which trailed for most of the contest and fell behind by as many as 25 points in the third quarter.
The Trail Blazers are 4-3 at home this season. They will host Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Friday and Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday in the finale of the current stand.
11/28 10:50:39 ET