Lillard, Portland set for matchup with New Orleans
Portland Trail Blazers (25-29, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (22-31, 11th in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers visit the New Orleans Pelicans. Lillard ranks third in the NBA averaging 29.9 points per game.
The Pelicans are 13-20 in Western Conference games. New Orleans is second in the Western Conference shooting 37.2 percent from downtown led by JJ Redick shooting 45.9 percent from 3-point range.
The Trail Blazers have gone 15-21 against Western Conference opponents. Portland ranks last in the league with just 20 assists per game led by Lillard averaging 7.9.
The Pelicans won the last meeting between these two squads 102-94 on Dec. 23. Jrue Holiday scored 21 points to help lead New Orleans to the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Holiday is shooting 43.9 percent and averaging 19.5 points. Derrick Favors is shooting 56.6 percent and averaging 8.3 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.
Lillard leads the Trail Blazers averaging 29.9 points and has added 4.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game. CJ McCollum has averaged 2.8 assists and scored 16.2 points over the last 10 games for Portland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 6-4, averaging 120.2 points, 49 rebounds, 27.6 assists, 8.2 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting.
Trail Blazers: 7-3, averaging 122.2 points, 45.4 rebounds, 21.5 assists, 5.5 steals and 6.5 blocks per game while shooting 48.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting.
INJURIES: Pelicans: Kenrich Williams: day to day (back), Zion Williamson: day to day (ankle), Darius Miller: out (achilles), Brandon Ingram: day to day (ankle).
Trail Blazers: Nassir Little: out (ankle), Hassan Whiteside: day to day (leg), Jusuf Nurkic: out (leg fracture), Zach Collins: out (shoulder), Anfernee Simons: day to day (concussion), Rodney Hood: out for season (leg).