Preview: Nets vs. Blazers


The Nets begin a nine-game road trip when they play the Trail Blazers tonight in Portland. Tip-off is 10:00 p.m. Eastern. The trip will feature a back-to-back in Los Angeles against the Clippers and Lakers. The Nets will actually be back East after seven games, visiting Toronto and Philadelphia on the final two games of the road swing. Their next home game is March 13 against Milwaukee.

This is the longest streak of consecutive road games in franchise history.


Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson have had great success against the Trail Blazers.

Johnson has faced Portland 30 times and averaged 19.8 points per game, his highest career scoring average against any NBA team.

Lopez's 23.1 points per game against the Blazers is his second-best mark against any team, and he's been very comfortable in the Pacific Northwest, averaging 27.0 points per game in five trips to Portland.

Johnson is coming off a 17-point effort on Sunday vs. Charlotte, while Lopez posted 16 points and 10 rebounds.


Portland has won its last five games to move past Utah into second place in the Northwest Division and seventh overall in the Western Conference.

That includes a stunning 137-105 win against league-leading Golden State on Friday night. Guard Damian Lillard went wild with 51 points against the Warriors, shooting 9 for 12 from 3-point range and 18 for 28 overall. Two nights later, Lillard added 30 points against the Jazz. He's averaging 36.3 points per game in the Blazers' last four.


After being drafted by the Blazers in the first round last June and traded to the Nets, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will miss both of Brooklyn's games this season against the team that briefly held his rights. Hollis-Jefferson has missed the Nets' last 37 games after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his right ankle on Dec. 5.

The Nets sent forward/center Mason Plumlee and second-round draft pick Pat Connaughton to Portland in exchange for RHJ.  Connaughton has played in just 22 games. Plumlee has started all 56 Portland games and lead's the team with 7.6 rebounds per game.