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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) is defended by Toronto Raptors guard Patrick McCaw (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Toronto.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) is defended by Toronto Raptors guard Patrick McCaw (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Toronto.|Nathan Denette | The Canadian Press via Associated Press
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NBA Monday: Greg Frank picks Hornets vs Trail Blazers where he expects Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to run wild

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

1-0 Sunday, 65-67-1 overall.

Hornets (+9.5) @ Trail Blazers (216)

Pick: Trail Blazers -9.5

The hook went our way last night as Charlotte lost by eight in Phoenix. We’re looking to a Hornets game again for our play on Monday. Can the Trail Blazers be two points better than the Suns were against the Hornets? That’s what we’re expecting with Charlotte wrapping up a back-to-back. Things haven’t been going well for the Trail Blazers in the first half as Portland has been one of the league’s most underwhelming teams in the NBA after 40 games. While the Trail Blazers might not be a team that you should lay this kind of number with, underachieving teams that have opportunities to blow opponents out might like to let off some frustration. You would think Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum could do almost whatever they want tonight, and if so, this game won’t be close.