Sixers-Trail Blazers preview: Seeking to sweep season series vs. Portland for first time since 2008-09

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Portland’s CJ McCollum, right, will try to rebound from his poor shooting performance against the Sixers.

76ers (15-18) at Portland Trail Blazers (17-16)

Thursday at 10:30 p.m., at Moda Center

Talking points

A victory would enable the Sixers to sweep their two-game season series against the Blazers for the first time since the 2008-09 season.  Back then, they prevailed, 100-79, at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 14, 2009, and then escaped with a 114-108 overtime victory in Portland on March 23.

Last month, Nov. 22, the Sixers took a 101-81 lopsided victory over the Blazers thanks in large part to shutting down shooting guard C.J. McCollum. He scored a season-low five points on 1-for-14 shooting. Holding him to fewer than 10 points for a second time will be tough.

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Starting lineups


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Sixers (15-18)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  14.6 ppg. 6.1 rpg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  12.7 ppg. 6.9 rpg.

21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 23.8 ppg. 11.1 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  16.8 ppg. 3.4 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 16.8 ppg. 7.6 apg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 90-271)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder rehabilitation, out); Furkan Korkmaz (Lisfranc fracture, out).

Blazers  (17-6)

1 Evan Turner SF 6-7 7.8 ppg 2.3 apg.

8 Al-Farouq Aminu PF 6-9 9.3  ppg. 7.0 rpg.

27 Jusuf Nurkic C 7-0 14.5  ppg. 7.4 rpg.

3 CJ McCollum SG 6-3 20.7 ppg. 4.0 rpg.

0 Damian Lillard G 6-3 25.2 ppg. 6.4 apg.

Coach: Terry Stotts (10th season, 355-371)

Injury report:  TBD

Head to head

The Sixers have a 58-52 series advantage.

Coming games

Saturday: 9 p.m., at Pepsi Center, Sixers at Denver Nuggets

Sunday:  8 p.m., at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Sixers at Phoenix Suns

Jan. 3: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, San Antonio Spurs at Sixers

Jan. 5: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Detroit Pistons at Sixers

Jan. 11: 3 p.m., at The 02 Arena, Boston Celtics at Sixers