March 23, 2009
Over the last four games, Philadelphia's Louis Williams is averaging 19.3 points on 43 percent shooting, with four rebounds, five assists, just three turnovers total, and over two steals per game. More impressively, he's topped the 30 minute mark just once in that run, averaging about 27.5 minutes per game.
Why am I telling you this? Louis is just the sort of small guard that has given the Trail Blazers fits all year, and despite Portland's advantages in just about every area, we could still get a close one out of this if things align for the Sixers. Also, the Blazers are returning home from a tough road trip (five games in seven nights, three wins), and that first contest back (even at the Rose Garden) could prove dangerous.
Then again, Portland could hang onto the ball, the Sixers could fall flat on the jumpers, and the home team can win by 25. That said, I'm tired of telling you to watch the Suns, the Magic are playing the fading Knicks, and I don't trust Minnesota/Atlanta with the Wolves on the second night of a back-to-back.
Seven games on tonight, five on the East coast, and two that will keep you up late. Comment away.
Portland Trail Blazers: 44-26, 86.7 possessions per game (30th), 113 points scored per 100 possessions (3rd), 108.6 points per 100 possessions (18th).
Philadelphia 76ers: 35-33, 90.8 possessions per game (17th), 107 points scored per 100 possessions (20th), 106.4 points allowed per 100 possessions (9th).