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Friday, February 7th (All times Eastern)

Portland Trail Blazers (35-14) at Indiana Pacers (38-10), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - A possible NBA Finals preview is on tap Friday night between the East-leading Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Pacers have the best record in the NBA at 38-10 and sit three games ahead of Miami for conference supremacy. Portland is four games off the lead in the West and just a half-game in back of San Antonio for the second spot.

Indiana suffered a 106-102 loss at Portland when the two teams met on Dec. 2 and is 3-7 in the past 10 games in this series. The Trail Blazers have struggled in Indy lately, losing three in a row and eight of 10 games there.

The Pacers are coming off Tuesday's 89-85 victory at Atlanta, as David West scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the way. Paul George had 18 points and Lance Stephenson scored 10 before leaving with an injury for the Pacers, whose last regular season win in Atlanta came Dec. 22, 2006 -- a span of 12 consecutive losses.

"This has been a tough place for us," West said of Philips Arena. "But we came in with the right motivation tonight."

Stephenson is probable versus Portland with a back/hip issue and is averaging 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds this season. He has recorded double-doubles in seven of his last 10 games and leads the NBA with four triple-doubles this season.

Indiana, which has won three straight and 10 of 13 games, owns a solid 23-2 home record this season and is 6-1 versus teams from the West at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel is one win shy of 150 in his career.

Meanwhile, the Blazers seem to have righted the ship with two wins in the last three games after dropping four of six. They opened a four-game road trip with a loss at Washington on Monday, but bounced back two nights later in New York.

Nicolas Batum led the Blazers with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 and 12 in the win. Wesley Matthews netted 18 points and Damian Lillard ended with 12 for Portland, which won despite shooting 38 percent and making only 8-of-21 3-pointers.

"All that matters is that we won the game," said Lillard. "Despite the fact that we didn't shoot the ball well, we were still able to win the game on the road, so you have to be happy with that."

The Blazers have failed to score 100 points in two straight and three of four games, and are still first in the NBA with 107.7 ppg.

Portland is 16-9 outside of the Rose City and will wrap up the sojourn Saturday against Minnesota. It has the second-most road wins in the NBA.

02/07 10:27:41 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 44 .450 21 1/2 22-18 14-26 20-30 W 3
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 56 24 .700 --- 33-7 23-17 35-15 W 1
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 6 1/2 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 9 1/2 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 28 1/2 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 30 1/2 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
9th
ARI 0
NYM 9
 
8th
ANA 6
OAK 5
 
6th
SDP 2
COL 3
 
6th
SFG 0
LOS 1
 
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
3rd
LAC 84
DEN 64
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR