Since defeating the Sacramento Kings last month, the Portland Trail Blazers have come up short each time when completing a back-to-back set. Now they'll get a chance to see how they fare during their first back-to-back-to-back.
Portland looks to bounce back from a rough trip Monday night when Sacramento makes its final visit to Oregon this season.
Hosting the Kings for the first time since Sacramento snapped an eight-game skid in this series with a 96-81 victory in Portland last Jan. 24, the Trail Blazers won 101-79 on Dec. 27. Portland had posted a 107-103 season-opening victory over Philadelphia the night before.
The Blazers (9-7), though, have dropped their last four - the last three by a combined eight points - when playing the second game of a back-to-back. Portland had a chance to change that Saturday after LaMarcus Aldridge had 33 points and a career-best 23 rebounds in Friday's 94-84 victory at Toronto, but it lost 94-91 to lowly Detroit to cap a 2-4 trip.