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Blazers-Nets: Preview/Predictions

Busta BucketCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2010

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 07:  Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket against Larry Hughes #0 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2009 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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BlazersAnalysis Nets

PG

Despite a forgettable season, Devin Harris has played decent ball for the Nets. Especially in February as he's averaged 19 points and nine assists per game. He also plays better at home so he'll be a chore for Andre Miller.

For the Blazers however, Andre Miller has been running the show at point and doing a good job despite the teams recent struggles. Jerryd Bayless should also be able to come off the bench and defend Harris, I like Portland here.

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SG

Roy's continued progress coming off the hamstring injury was one positive from Sunday's devastating loss to Utah. Roy hopefully can continue to strengthen his hammy and become the Roy we know again.

I like Courtney Lee, but in this game, with Roy and Rudy coming strong to make up for a weekend of defeat, the Blazers will win the match-up.

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SF

Sometimes losing can do strange things to people. Chris Douglas-Roberts was showing signs of star power earlier this year but lately he's been benched and has recently skipped practice. Jarvis Hayes has started all of February, but he's basically a career back-up. With Martell Webster likely to break out of a scoring slump and Batum poised to get a bigger role, I don't see how the Blazers don't win this match-up.

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PF

Yi Jianlian has been another one of those guys struggling with consistency and contributing to the Nets troubles. He's got plenty of upside but really hasn't exactly panned out anywhere.

I think LaMarcus Aldridge will have a hay day against soft competition. He'll go for 20 and 10 and look good doing it. Blazers take this matchup as well.

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C

I'm going to throw New Jersey a bone here and give the win to Brook Lopez. I think Camby will give him problems but Lopez has proven, even during this horrific season, that he is a big-time player in this league. He'll win the matchup, especially if the Nets continue to get him the ball. Lopez wins here, but the Blazers take the first game of their road trip.

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