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Portland visits Brooklyn, aims to break road losing streak

March 17, 2022 GMT

Portland Trail Blazers (26-42, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (36-34, eighth in the Eastern Conference)

New York; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Portland travels to Brooklyn looking to end its six-game road slide.

The Nets are 14-19 in home games. Brooklyn is 16-19 in games decided by 10 or more points.

The Trail Blazers are 9-24 on the road. Portland ranks seventh in the Western Conference with 10.1 offensive rebounds per game led by Jusuf Nurkic averaging 3.0.

The two teams play for the second time this season. The Trail Blazers defeated the Nets 114-108 in their last meeting on Jan. 11. Anfernee Simons led the Trail Blazers with 23 points, and Kevin Durant led the Nets with 28 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Patty Mills is shooting 41.4% from beyond the arc with 3.0 made 3-pointers per game for the Nets, while averaging 12.4 points. Durant is shooting 51.4% and averaging 28.9 points over the past 10 games for Brooklyn.

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Simons is averaging 17.3 points and 3.9 assists for the Trail Blazers. Josh Hart is averaging 17.6 points over the last 10 games for Portland.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nets: 5-5, averaging 119.0 points, 41.2 rebounds, 27.1 assists, 6.8 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 50.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.3 points per game.

Trail Blazers: 2-8, averaging 102.5 points, 41.0 rebounds, 20.9 assists, 6.7 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 42.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 124.5 points.

INJURIES: Nets: Ben Simmons: out (back), Kyrie Irving: out (ineligible to play), Joe Harris: out for season (ankle), Cam Thomas: day to day (back), LaMarcus Aldridge: out (hip), Seth Curry: day to day (ankle).

Trail Blazers: Nassir Little: out for season (shoulder), Jusuf Nurkic: out (foot), Didi Louzada: out (kne), Damian Lillard: out (abdominal), Eric Bledsoe: out (achilles), Justise Winslow: day to day (achilles), Anfernee Simons: out (knee), Joe Ingles: out for season (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.