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Portland Trail Blazers at Cleveland Cavaliers: Game preview, time, TV channel, and how to watch free live stream online

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The Portland Trail Blazers He will go into Wednesday’s game in Cleveland having lost three in a row and four of his last five after a 9-3 start to the season.

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That stretch dropped the Blazers (10-7) from first place in the Western Conference to a three-way tie to enter sixth place on Tuesday night. However, it was only one match from the start.

This shows how tight things are in the West. It also shows how important every game is for the Blazers, making Damian Lillard miss this current trip of at least four games with a more damaging lower leg injury.

The Blazers lost to Milwaukee on Monday, and on Wednesday they will play against Cleveland (11-6), who enter the game with three straight victories.

Despite the struggles, the Blazers seemed unimpressed. They haven’t overestimated their hot start and are therefore not in a panic over some recent defeats.

“This is something we talked about before the season,” Blazers guard Anaferni Simmons told reporters Monday in Milwaukee. “We knew at some point, that was going to happen. It’s just part of the NBA season.”

Cleveland is a great example of a team that has dealt with the ups and downs of an NBA season. The Cavaliers lost their opening game and then won eight straight contests to sit at 8-1. Next came a five-game losing streak that left Cleveland 8-6. Now, they are riding a three-game winning streak.

In order for the Blazers to stop this run, they must suddenly fix their suspect defense. Portland lost 119-111 in the Bucks after falling 118-113 at home Saturday to Utah. This season, Portland is 0-4 when they give up over 112 points.

Cleveland averages 115.6 points a game, second in the NBA. Jared Donovan Mitchell, who was acquired in an unofficial deal with Utah, started the season with MVP caliber. He averages 29.8 points, 6 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Guard Darius Garland scores 23.9 points per game and averages 7.8 assists.

Containing them will be essential if the Blazers are to avoid giving up a large number. If the other pitchers in Mitchell, Garland and Cleveland get hot, the Blazers can be cooked. The Cavaliers are second in the NBA in three-point shooting (39.6%).

Cleveland was also very solid on defense, earning 108.2 points per game, the sixth fewest in the NBA.

The Blazers are 7-2 in games started and finished by Lillard. Without him, winning Cleveland would seem like a daunting task. So most of the upcoming games may be until Lillard’s return. It will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks. But this team seems ready to face relegation while working out what they can control.

“It’s just a matter of how we respond and what team we want to be,” said Simons. “I think it’s just another time where we have to show who we are.”

Portland Trail Blazers at Cleveland Cavaliers

what: Trail Blazers (10-7) at Cavaliers (11-6), 4 p.m., Wed.

where: Rocket Mortgage House, Cleveland.

radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM).

TV channel: Root Sports Plus (in Portland: Comcast 1253, DirecTV 687-1).

Watch the game live online: Could you Watch this game live for free with fuboTV (Free Trial). You can also play this game DirecTV StreamA “CHOICE” (promotional offers) package, if you’re out of fuboTV releases, or simply prefer that platform and its pricing plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider that carries Root Sports and want to watch online, you can Watch this game live on Root Sports Live. Games can also be viewed through EvocaTV monthly subscription.

Prospect (Oregon Lottery/Draw Kings)

money line: POR +290 | CLE-350

Spread: for +8.5| Above under: 217.5

injuries

Blazers: Josh Hart (left ankle sprain) Possible. Damien Lillard (right soleus strain), Keon Johnson (left hip index), Gary Payton II (return to competition renewal) f Greg Brown III (G League) out.

Cavaliers: Dean Wade (right knee pain) Possible. Kevin Love (broken right thumb) is questionable. Ricky Rubio (knee surgery) f Dylan Windler (sprain right ankle) out.

Next

And The Blazers play at 4 p.m. on Friday in New York (9-9).

– Aaron Ventress | [email protected] | AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook). Subscribe to The Oregonian / Oregon Live newsletters and podcasts

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