The Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers will take on one another for the third and final time this season and the game will be played inside the Rose Garden tonight.
Whoever wins tonight's game will win the season series being that the Suns handled the Trail Blazers in a blowout fashion in Phoenix 114-87 back on Nov. 21. A month later, the Trail Blazers went on to defeat the Suns 96-93 in Portland.
The Suns (17-36) have dropped eight of its last 10 games and the Trail Blazers (25-28) have a eight-game winning streak at home against the Suns, their largest current home winning streak against any team.
However, the Trail Blazers aren't playing their best ball either. They ended their six-game road trip on a disappointing note after finishing it 1-5 (five-game losing streak) with two embarrassing losses to Orlando and New Orleans.
And breaking that streak will be more difficult with their shooting guard possibly out.
Wesley Matthews (ankle) is listed as a game-time decision for tonight's game. He will be reevaluated this morning at shootaround.
However, the ankle injury is not the most pressing concern for Matthews. He explained to members of the media yesterday that his sprained left elbow is more of a issue at this point as it limits his ball handling ability.
Matthews first hurt his elbow in a loss to Orlando last week and apparently it hasn't improved.
If Matthews is a no-go, expect Victor Claver did get the nod in his place.
Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard says there's no need to be worried considering there's enough time to get back into the playoff picture.
“We're not going to panic,” Lillard said. “We know what position we're in and there is a lot of games left in the season to get back in it. We just need to find some consistency and there's time to do that.”
Three games is what separates the Trail Blazers from Houston, who is holding down the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings.
There are 29 games left in the season for the Trail Blazers and they are facing one of the toughest second-half schedules in the league.
We'll really find out what this team is all about.
Tonight's game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet at 7 p.m. and on 1190 AM/102.3 FM KEX radio.