The Los Angeles Clippers head north to battle the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night in a Western Conference battle nationally televised by TNT. Here is a glimpse at the relevant details of the contest.
Records: Clippers (18-9); Portland (16-14)
Location: The Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
TV: TNT, with Marv Albert and Steve Kerr on the call
Offensive Efficiency: Clippers, 108.5 points per 100 possessions (third in NBA); Blazers, 104.6 (ninth)
Defensive Efficiency: Blazers, 99.8 (sixth); Clippers, 105.2 (22nd)
Home vs. Road: Portland is 11-4 at home this season, while the Clippers are 7-6 on the road. However, the Blazers have dropped three straight games in Portland, including a 124-109 loss to the lowly Washington Wizards. The Clippers have won six of their last eight games away from home.
Schedule Woes: This is the second game in as many nights for the Clippers, but they won't get any sympathy from the Blazers, who are playing a game for the third straight night.
Injury Update: LaMarcus Aldridge sprained his left ankle in Tuesday's loss to Washington, and didn't make the trip for Wednesday's win in Golden State. The All-Star forward was thought to be doubtful for Thursday's game, and is not listed by the team as a probable starter for the contest. Aldridge is officially listed as day-to-day.
Streaking: The Clippers have lost six consecutive games in Portland, including a 105-97 defeat on January 10.
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