No team has been better at home than the San Antonio Spurs. The next challenge to that perfect record comes from the club that has had more recent success against them than any other.
The Portland Trail Blazers go for their ninth win in 10 meetings with San Antonio on Friday night when the opener of this season series kicks off their six-game road trip.
Portland (7-3) has not finished with a better record than the Spurs (7-4) in more than a decade but has dominated this series of late. The Blazers' 9-2 record versus San Antonio over the past three seasons is easily the best in the NBA, including wins in the last three matchups.
Strong defense has keyed their run of eight wins in the last nine meetings, holding the Spurs to an average of 89.7 points. Tony Parker's 12.2 scoring average against Portland over the past two seasons is his worst against any Western Conference opponent.
Parker had a season-high 28 points in a 101-95 overtime victory over Houston on Wednesday night, help...