Blazers look to inch closer to locking up the 3-seed in New Orleans
A quick look back
CJ McCollum went on a tear in the fourth quarter on Sunday night to help the Trail Blazers snap a two-game skid. The Blazers got a 108-105 road victory over the Thunder after McCollum scored 14 of his game-high 34 points in the final quarter. Lillard recorded 24 points and seven rebounds in the win.
The Blazers have now won six consecutive road games. Portland still has two road contests remaining on this current trip. Next up for the Blazers, they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been playing well, as of late, despite not having All-Star DeMarcus Cousins (left achilles rupture) on the court. New Orleans has won four of its last five games and the Pelicans are now 8-5 in the month of March. The Pelicans have not played since Saturday, when Houston beat New Orleans, 114-91.
That loss on Saturday snapped the Pelicans’ four-game winning streak. Anthony Davis recorded 25 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in the loss.
Tuesday’s game between the Blazers and Pelicans will mark the fourth and final meeting of the season between these two. The Pelicans lead the season series, 2-1.
In their most recent matchup back on January 12th, New Orleans just barely got the victory, beating Portland, 119-113. In the loss, both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each scored 23 points. Anthony Davis had a monster game with 36 points and nine rebounds to help his team secure the victory.
New Orleans is 22-15 at home this season.
The Trail Blazer have no injuries to report for Tuesday’s game in New Orleans.
Damian Lillard is, however, still awaiting the birth of his first child and is on standby to return to Portland at any time.
For the Pelicans, Nikola Mirotić (right hip flexor) and Rajon Rondo (right wrist sprain) are listed as questions for Tuesday’s contest. Alexis Ajinca (right knee)DeMarcus Cousins (left achilles rupture) and Frank Jackson (right foot fracture) are all out vs. Portland.
Current playoff picture
Portland now holds a 45-28 overall record and is currently up two games in the standings over Oklahoma City to hold on to the third seed in the Western Conference standings. The Blazers own a tiebreaker over OKC if it comes down to that for the three spot at the end of the season.
New Orleans is fighting for the fifth spot with San Antonio, who both hold an overall record of 43-31, in the West’s standings.
***The conference standings are up-to-date as of early Monday afternoon before Monday’s games tipped off.
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans LA
Television: NBCS Northwest
Live NBC Sports Northwest coverage: Rip City Live (4:00pm) and Talkin' Ball (Immediately after the Blazers postgame show)
Live streaming coverage on Facebook: The Scoop Postgame Show will stream immediately after the game at Facebook.com/NBCSNorthwest.
Radio: Rip City Radio 620