Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers Matchup Preview (11/20/2021)
By Max Heering
The 9-7 Philadephia 76ers will be playing the 8-8 Portland Trail Blazers on the road on Saturday night. The shorthanded 76ers are coming off a 103-89 win against the Denver Nuggets. Five players scored double-digit points, but Tyrese Maxey led all scoring with 22 points. The 76ers struggled from the free-throw line, only hitting half of their free throws, but they had no issue from the field; they hit over half of their field goal attempts.
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In their last game, the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 112-107 to push their record to 8-8. Damian Lillard had a 22 point, ten assist double-double, and Jusuf Nurkic had an 18 point, 12 rebound double-double. The Trail Blazers got to the free-throw line an incredible 28 times and hit 27 of their free throws.
76ers vs. Trail Blazers Predictions
If the 76ers were playing at full strength, I would give them the upper hand. They have many injured players, including Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and have had to use a short rotation as a result. On the other hand, the Trail Blazers are healthy. The Trail Blazers are also playing at home. I have to give them the edge for mainly those reasons. They are also on a two-game winning streak and picking up momentum. Bet on the Trail Blazers.