The Portland Trail Blazers host the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night at the Moda Center.The Portland Trail Blazers will put two different winning streaks on the line when they open the 2018–19 NBA Season at home against the Los Angeles Lakers. First, Portland will look to add to their all-time NBA record 17 straight wins in home openers. Second, the Blazers hope to increase their 15-game winning streak against the Lakers.
hursday, October 18 – 7:30 p.m. PT
Blazers injuries: Maurice Harkless (probable)
Lakers injuries: Lonzo Ball (probable); Moritz Wagner (questionable)
How to watch on TV: TNT
How to stream: This site Online
Radio: 620 AM
ABOUT THE LAKERS
A national television audience will be glued to Thursday’s game to watch LeBron James’ debut with the Los Angeles Lakers. He signed with the storied franchise as a free agent over the summer, bringing a resume that includes four MVPs and three NBA Championships to a rebuilding team. … In addition to James, the Lakers also signed a hodgepodge of free agent veterans that include Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley. … Three players on the Lakers roster averaged more than 7.0 assists last season: James (9.1), Rondo (8.2) and Lonzo Ball (7.2). … Ball was the first Lakers rookie since Magic Johnson to record more than 7.0 assists per game. …Kyle Kuzma made 159 three-pointers last season, the most by a Lakers rookie and tied for fourth-most by a rookie in NBA history. Only Donovan Mitchell (186), Damian Lillard (185) and Stephen Curry (166) made more, while Rudy Fernandez (159) equaled the feat. … Los Angeles finished 11th in the Western Conference last season with a 35-47 recor
ABOUT THE BLAZERS
Portland has two notable streaks on the line when it opens the season Thursday night. The Blazers have won 17 consecutive home openers, the longest streak in NBA history, and have defeated the Lakers 15 times in a row, the third-longest streak against an opponent in franchise history. The Blazers have not lost to the Lakers since March 3, 2014. … All-Star point guard Damian Lillard averaged 35.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds in three meetings against the Lakers last season and has played well against the Blazers’ rivals over his career. Lillard boasts a career scoring average of 26.6 points — his fourth-highest against any opponent — and has scored at least 20 points in each of his last 10 games against the Lakers. … The Blazers have a host of tributes planned to recognize owner Paul Allen, who died Monday of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, including the unveiling of a uniform patch that will feature his initials (PGA) and a rose. The team will wear the patch all season. … Terry Stotts enters his seventh season in Portland as the third-winningest coach in franchise history, needing just 19 victories to tie Rick Adelman for second place. Stotts, who has a 272-220 record in Portland, is the fourth-longest tenured head coach in the NBA. … Small forward Moe Harkless said Wednesday his knee had improved and he was planning as if he would play against the Lakers. He missed all five games of the Blazers’ exhibition schedule with left knee soreness.