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Friday, November 8th (All times Eastern)

Sacramento Kings (1-3) at Portland Trail Blazers (2-2), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings begin a home-and-home series Friday night at the Moda Center.

"I definitely don't like playing one team back-to-back," admitted Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge. "If you win, there's a sense of a letdown. You have to go into it focused and hungry."

The Blazers are 1-1 at home thanks to a 116-101 loss to the Houston Rockets Tuesday night. Portland only shot 41 percent from the field and the Rockets shot a blistering 54.7 percent.

Damian Lillard led the way for Portland with 22 points, followed by 21 from Aldridge. Wesley Matthews chipped in 19 points and Nicolas Batum had 13. Starting center Robin Lopez was held scoreless in just over 17 minutes of action.

The Blazers didn't get much bench production on Tuesday. It was a huge problem for Portland last season, but the second unit only contributed 26 points against the Rockets.

The Kings have dropped three straight after opening the season with a home victory over the Denver Nuggets.

On Tuesday, the Atlanta Hawks came to Sacramento and left with a 105-100 victory. The Kings fell behind by 17 after three quarters and staged a big comeback in the fourth to fall just short.

Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Kings with 26 points in just over 28 minutes. Ben McLemore and Marcus Thornton both had 15, followed by 13 for John Salmons and 11 from DeMarcus Cousins.

One name you didn't see among the leading scorers was Greivis Vasquez. After he was acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans in the offseason, Vasquez has struggled. He only averages 9.0 ppg and against the Hawks, played less than 20 minutes as compared to the 28-plus for Thomas.

"Right now it's a combination, he's not healthy and he's not playing the way he needs to play," head coach Mike Malone said of Vasquez. "If Greivis is playing well, he's going to play more minutes."

"I'm trying to make a play so hard that I ain't making anything," Vasquez said. "I'm trying to make the right pass, I'm trying to get us into sets and I'm not thinking about my game. I think if I just be myself, that will be enough to help my team win."

The two teams split last season's four meetings with each winning a game on the other's floor. Sacramento has dropped nine of its last 13 in the Rose City.

11/08 10:35:00 ET

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Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Final
NOP 109
DAL 106
Final
ORL 99
IND 106
Final
PHO 100
LAC 120
Final
ATL 112
MIN 100
Final
TOR 114
DET 110
 
Final
SAN 101
MIL 95
3rd
GSW 89
BOS 77
 
4th
DEN 84
WAS 83
 
1st
LAL 6
HOU 14
 
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
Final
TENST 55
BEL 63
 
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
VILL 71
CREI 50
Final
MD 68
NW 67
 
2nd
UTAH 51
WASH 38
 
Final
TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
Half
CARTER 20
IRVIN 19