New Orleans Pelicans (32-43, ninth in Western Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (27-48, 12th in Western Conference)
Portland, Oregon; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EDT
CONCLUSION: Portland goes into the matchup with New Orleans as a four-game loser.
The Trail Blazers have played 11-34 against Western Conference teams. Portland has a 15-30 record against teams over .500.
The Pelicans are 21-24 in Western Conference play. New Orleans is second in the Western Conference with 11.8 offensive rebounds per game, led by Jonas Valanciunas with a 3.1 average.
The two teams meet for the second time this season. The Pelicans defeated the Trail Blazers 111-97 in their last meeting on December 22nd. Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 28 points and Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 39 points.
TOP PERFORMER: Anfernee Simons averages 17.3 points and 3.9 assists for the Trail Blazers. Drew Eubanks has averaged 17.2 points in his last 10 games for Portland.
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Devonte’ Graham averaged 2.7 points per game for the Pelicans, scoring 12.3 points while shooting 34.4% from beyond the arc. Valanciunas has recorded 56.2% and an average of 20.8 points in his last 10 games for New Orleans.
LAST 10 GAMES: Trail Blazers: 2-8, averaging 110.9 points, 43.5 rebounds, 24.1 assists, 9.6 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 45.8% from the field. Your opponents averaged 124.7 points per game.
Pelicans: 5-5, averaging 115.6 points, 45.6 rebounds, 25.3 assists, 10.2 steals and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field. Your opponents scored an average of 111.9 points.
INJURIES: Trail Blazers: Greg Brown III: Off (eye), Nassir Little: Off (shoulder), Josh Hart: Off (knee), Jusuf Nurkic: Off (foot), Didi Louzada: Off (knee), Damian Lillard: Off for the season (stomach), Trendon Watford: out (knee), Eric Bledsoe: out for the season (Achilles), Anfernee Simons: out for the season (knee), Joe Ingles: out for the season (knee), Justise Winslow : off (calf).
Pelicans: Kira Lewis Jr.: Out for the season (knee), Zion Williamson: Out (foot), Larry Nance Jr.: Daily (knee).
The Associated Press created this story using Data Skrive technology and data from Sportradar.
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