NBA Western Conference Playoff Preview: [3] Phoenix Suns vs. [6] Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Why the Suns can win: Phoenix is the hottest team in the Western Conference, going 14-2 after March. All-star forward Amaré Stoudemire propelled the Suns to the incredible finish as he averaged 26.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and shot 59.7 percent in the last 16 games. Suns lead the league in scoring at 110.2 points per game.

Why the Trail Blazers can win: Portland might not have all-star guard Brandon Roy available, but the Trail Blazers have already overcome adversity this season, having lost centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla. They won the season series against Phoenix, 2-1.

Difference maker: Miller, Trail Blazers. Without Roy, Miller will have to make plays and create scoring opportunities for LaMarcus Aldridge and himself. The veteran has the ability to make Suns guard Steve Nash work defensively.

Bottom line: Suns in five.

SERIES SCHEDULE

Sunday: Portland at Phoenix , 10:30

Tuesday: Portland at Phoenix, 10

Thursday: Phoenix at Portland, 10

April 24: Phoenix at Portland, 4:30

April 26*: Portland at Phoenix, TBD

April 29*: Phoenix at Portland, TBD

May 1*: Portland at Phoenix, TBD


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