Portland Trail Blazers vs Phoenix Suns: Lineup, Preview and Prediction 10/18/17

Portland Trail Blazers vs Phoenix Suns: Lineup, Preview and Prediction 10/18/17

It's a rare sight, but those circumstances were met in Phoenix's opening game against Portland, where the Blazers demolished the Suns by a score of 124-76, setting the record for the largest win on opening night in National Basketball Association history, and handing Phoenix their largest defeat in franchise history.

Portland starts the season with a three-game road trip, beginning Wednesday in Phoenix (7 p.m., NBC Sports Northwest, 620 AM).

The Suns narrowly avoided their lowest regular-season single-game point total in franchise history. True, it's oddly satisfying, but it's also hypnotic. I like the Blazers to escape with a narrow win behind another big night from Lillard as I can't give the Pacers too much credit on their win over the Nets. Still, there's a silver lining. As you can see, Blazers forward Meyers Leonard runs from halfcourt to get in on the action, and, meanwhile, McCollum leaves his seat on the bench and walks onto the court.

What they wrote: A full season of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic means we should probably adjust our expectations upward for the Portland Trail Blazers. The Los Angeles Clippers held the previous record on November 6, 1987, in their game against the Denver Nuggets with a 46-point deficit.

Portland's bench outscored Phoenix's 61-26.

Bledsoe's three-point play cut the lead to 45-35 with 4:38 left in the third quarter, but Portland scored the final 15 points of the half 60-35 at the break.

McCollum's suspension - The Blazers will be without McCollum for this game as he was suspended for leaving the bench during an altercation between these two teams in the preseason.

Overall, McCollum is in his fourth year with the Blazers. "Portland came in here and they basically just kicked our butts as bad as they could, they didn't have no sympathy".

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