Portland Trail Blazers at Detroit Pistons: Game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online
Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts consistently refuses to publicly commit to starting games with a three-guard line-up.
Whenever he’s asked about his plans, he sounds like a coach ready to keep playing with Norman Powell, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, like the trio in a 122-117 win over Toronto in Tampa on Sunday , Florida.
When asked about his line-up on Tuesday, Stotts expressed how pleased he was with the good performance against the Raptors just days after Powell was acquired in a Toronto store.
“I think we’ll stick with it to some extent,” said Stotts. “I haven’t really talked about starting lineups against Detroit. But if you look at the numbers, even though Norman was getting into bad trouble, the three-guard line-up numbers on either end of the floor against Toronto were good. So it was positive. So it’s something we’ll keep using. It’s just a matter of how much, and as I said before, whether to start. “
The Blazers play for the Pistons on Wednesday.
The alternate line-up would include sticking with a minor striker at Derrick Jones Jr. and getting Powell off the bench. However, this would limit the number of minutes the three guards would actually play together.
“The good thing is that you know it will be at least 12 minutes before these three guys play together,” said Stotts. “If you get (Powell) off the bank, I don’t know if you have that many minutes with the three-watcher line-up. But it was certainly productive for us against Toronto and it’s something we’ll keep using. “
Sounds a lot like a coach who is ready to tackle the three together.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS AT DETROIT PISTONS PREVIEW
What: Trail Blazer (28-18) at Pistons (13-33), 4pm PT Wednesday.
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit.
TV Station: NBC Sports Northwest (in Portland: Comcast 37/737).
Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM)
How to Watch Live Streams Online: You can watch this game live with your cable provider login or for free with FuboTV (free trial). If you already have a cable package, you can watch the game live on NBC Sports NW using your cable provider credentials.
Blazers’ Series: Portland has won three games in a row and will finish 4-0 in four games on its current journey.
Distribution: Blazer around 6.5 | Over / Under: 220.5
Moneyline: Blazer (-275) | Piston (+235).
CONDITION OF THE PISTONS
How bad has the pistons fared this season?
Her longest winning streak of the season is two games and it only happened twice.
But here’s the wild part: The Pistons have wins this season against Boston (twice), Phoenix, Miami, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn.
However, all of these victories came before February 12th. Still, the blazers certainly cannot take the pistons for granted.
Detroit ranks 24th in the offensive ranking (109.5) and a respectable 16th place in the offensive ranking (113.1).
Striker Jerami Grant leads the team with 22.6 points per game. Guard Josh Jackson is wildly inconsistent but averages 12.9 points per game.
Former blazer Mason Plumlee averages 10.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Blazer: F / C Zach Collins (stress fracture on left ankle) is out.
Piston: Sekou Doumbouya (head; migraine) is questionable; Wayne Ellington (right calf; pain) is dubious; Killian Hayes (right hip; strain), Rodney McGruder (right elbow; sprain), Jahlil Okafor (left knee; surgery) and Dennis Smith Jr. (right lumbar spine; pain) are all out.
NEXT UP (Blazer Schedule)
The Blazers return to their home games against Milwaukee (29-17) on Friday and Oklahoma City (19-27) on Saturday.
– Aaron Fentress | [email protected] | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).
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