The Portland Trail Blazers look to record their 11th straight home win over Charlotte when they host the Hornets on Friday. Charlotte hasn't left town with a victory since registering a 93-85 triumph over the Trail Blazers on March 29, 2008.
The Hornets had a chance to end their drought in Portland last February when star guard Kemba Walker scored 40 points but the succumbed 109-103 in overtime. The latest visit to the Pacific Northwest is the fourth stop on a six-game trip for a squad that has dropped six of its last nine games. The Trail Blazers have won five of their past six games and they shot 56.6 percent from the field in Wednesday's 124-112 home win over the Chicago Bulls. "The end of the ball movement was turning into points," Portland point guard Damian Lillard said afterward. "We kept trusting each other and we made more shots. It was good energy in the game. We got something from a lot of guys. When we get those types of efforts from so many different people, we're going to get this type of result."
TV: 10 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Charlotte), NBCS Northwest (Portland) LINE: Blazers -6.5
ABOUT THE HORNETS (19-21): Starting shooting guard Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) returned to the lineup after a two-game absence and recorded 16 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 128-109 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. "He looked solid. He looked healthy," Charlotte coach James Borrego told reporters afterward. "I didn't feel like he was limited at all. He had a good performance and I think we've got him back in the mix now." Backup shooting guard Malik Monk scored 24 points against the Clippers for his fifth 20-point effort of the season.
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (25-17): Portland has at least 25 assists in a season-best four consecutive games after producing 28 against the Bulls. Lillard had 16 points and 10 assists against Chicago for his second double-double in three games and fifth of the season. Shooting guard CJ McCollum scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and he has tallied 24 or more in four of the past eight contests, topped by a 35-point performance against the Philadelphia 76ers when he made 13-of-18 shots.
1. The Trail Blazers are 22-6 at home versus the Hornets.
2. Walker tallied just 13 points on 6-of-18 shooting against the Clippers for his second subpar performance of the month (11 points on 4-of-14 shooting versus the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 2).
3. Portland C Jusuf Nurkic scored 18 points against Chicago and is averaging 21.8 points and 12.4 rebounds over the past five games.
PREDICTION: Trail Blazers 126, Hornets 111 Bet Now
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