Portland Trail Blazers returned home from an eight-game trip to Toronto Monday night, fresh off of Sunday night's 124-95 loss to Denver.
After the loss, former coach Chauncey Billups doubted its teams overall effort. But the time, he said, would be a best sign of hope to make some changes if the lack of effort is not followed.
He also said that he hoped the team would play more hard Monday against the Raptors.
The Blazers (6-8) played much better at home this season: They are 5-1 at Moda Center compared to 1-7 on the road.
As for Sunday's game with an abdominal injury, Damian Lillard will miss the game against the Blazers, which has landed his first return.
They look better than they did last season at 7-7 and just welcomed back forward Pascal Siakam, who missed the team's last 11 games. The Raptors are 0-3 since he returned from shoulder injury.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS. TORONTO RAPTORS.
Why are Trail Blazers (6-8) vs Raptors (7-7), 7 p.m. Monday: 7 p.m.Monday: Trail Blazers (7-8), 7 p.m. Monday: 7 p.m.Monday: 7 p.m.Monday: 7 p.m.Monday: 7 p.m.
Where: Moda Center.
Radio: Rip City (KPOJ 620 AM).
A Root Sports Plus (in Portland: Comcast 1253, DirecTV 687-1): Radio Root (rootsports.com), (Detroitse): 607-101, 867-102.
You can watch this game live on "Rentsport". After all, there is a free trial, and as far as we can with fubo-TV.
ODDS were the ODS.
Moneyline: POR-135 | TOR +115: POR -135 | TOR +115.
POR 2 | Next/Off: 212).
Injuries occur under the law.
We hardly see why the words "chose" are not true, namely G Damian Lillard and F Greg Brown lll.
Raptors: Precious Achiuwa (right shoulder, tendinitis), Chris Boucher (lower back, soreness) and Fred VanVleet (left groin, soreness) are questionable; Isaac Bonga (G League - on assignment), David Johnson (G League two-way), and Yuta Watanabe (left calf; strain) are out.
UP NEXT - NOVEMBER!
The Blazers are in the lead in a four-game homestand this summer. Chicago is next on Wednesday, followed by Philadelphia on Saturday and then Denver on Nov. 23.
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