Lillard and the Trail Blazers face the Kings
Portland; Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Damian Lillard leads Portland into a matchup against Sacramento. He currently ranks ninth in the NBA averaging 25.8 points per game.
The Trail Blazers are 28-23 in conference matchups. Portland ranks third in the Western Conference with 11.8 offensive rebounds per game, led by Enes Kanter averaging 3.7.
The Kings are 21-30 against conference opponents. Sacramento ranks fourth in the Western Conference shooting 37.7 percent from deep. Buddy Hield leads the Kings shooting 42.6 percent from 3-point range.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kanter is second on the Trail Blazers with 8.6 rebounds and averages 13.1 points. Lillard is averaging 3.1 made 3-pointers and 22.8 points over the last 10 games for Portland.
Hield has averaged 20.8 points and 5.0 rebounds for the Kings. Willie Cauley-Stein is shooting 60.2 percent and has averaged 8.9 points over the last 10 games for Sacramento.
LAST 10 GAMES: Kings: 4-6, averaging 113.1 points, 45.4 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 7.4 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 45.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.7 points on 48.8 percent shooting.
Trail Blazers: 8-2, averaging 116.8 points, 50.3 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 6.2 steals and five blocks per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109 points on 45.0 percent shooting.
Trail Blazers Injuries: Jusuf Nurkic: out for season (leg fracture).
Kings Injuries: Harry Giles: out for season (left thigh contusion), Kosta Koufos: out (calf).