Portland hosts Oklahoma City with 1-0 series lead
Portland; Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Portland leads series 1-0
BOTTOM LINE: The Portland Trail Blazers host the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference first round with a 1-0 lead in the series.
The Trail Blazers are 6-10 against division opponents. Portland is seventh in the NBA with 36.2 defensive rebounds per game, led by Jusuf Nurkic averaging 7.0.
The Thunder are 28-24 against Western Conference opponents. Oklahoma City ranks second in the league with 48.1 rebounds per game, led by Russell Westbrook averaging 11.0. The teams meet Tuesday for the sixth time this season. The Trail Blazers won the last meeting 104-99. Westbrook scored 37 points to help lead Oklahoma City to the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Damian Lillard leads the Trail Blazers with 3.0 made 3-pointers and averages 25.8 points while shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. Enes Kanter is shooting 54.9 percent and averaging 15.7 points over the last 10 games for Portland.
Paul George leads the Thunder averaging 3.8 made 3-pointers while scoring 28 points per game and shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc. Westbrook has averaged 21.3 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting 42.9 percent over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.
LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 6-4, 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).
Thunder Injuries: Andre Roberson: out (knee).