Portland hosts Oklahoma City to begin playoff series
Portland; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Portland hosts first series matchup
BOTTOM LINE: The Portland Trail Blazers host the Oklahoma City Thunder to begin the Western Conference first round.
The Trail Blazers are 6-10 against division opponents. Portland averages 48 rebounds per game and is 45-15 when winning the rebound battle.
The Thunder are 9-7 against division opponents. Oklahoma City is the Western Conference leader with 48.1 rebounds per game, led by Russell Westbrook averaging 11.0. The teams meet Sunday for the fifth time this season. Oklahoma City went 4-0 against Portland during the regular season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Damian Lillard is shooting 44.4 percent and averaging 25.8 points. Enes Kanter has averaged 15.7 points and totaled 10.1 rebounds while shooting 54.9 percent over the last 10 games for Portland.
Westbrook leads the Thunder with 11.0 rebounds and averages 22.9 points. Dennis Schroder has averaged 3.5 assists and scored 16.3 points over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.
LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 7-3, averaging 114.7 points, 47.2 rebounds, 26.4 assists, 7.8 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111 points on 46.8 percent shooting.
Trail Blazers: 8-2, averaging 118.7 points, 50.5 rebounds, 24.4 assists, 6.3 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting.
Trail Blazers Injuries: Jusuf Nurkic: out for season (leg fracture).